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Careers for Journalism and Public Relations Graduates

For majors in Communications concentrating in journalism and PR

Common job titles

  • Announcer
  • Broadcast and sound engineering technician
  • Broadcast news analyst
  • Camera operator
  • College professor
  • Correspondent
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Meteorologist
  • Photographer
  • Public relations and fundraising manager
  • Public relations manager
  • Reporter
  • Writer

Common job titles within public relations

  • Advertising sales agent
  • Advertising, promotion and marketing manager
  • Editor
  • Event planner
  • Market research analyst
  • Multimedia artist and animator
  • Public relations and fundraising manager
  • Publicist
  • Sales representative
  • Writer and author

Job outlook data

Journalists held around 54,400 jobs and public relations specialists held about 240,700 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available.

Because news outlets are increasingly publishing content on multiple media platforms, particularly the Web, journalists trained in social media, multimedia and website design and coding are highly employable. A growing focus on social media, community outreach and customer relations creates a need for publicists who can respond to news developments and help maintain their organization’s reputation.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of journalists are:

  • Newspaper publishers
  • Magazine publishers
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Television broadcasting

The largest employers of public relations specialists are:

  • Religious, nonprofit, civic and professional organizations
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Educational services
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • State and local government

» Get information about Adelphi’s Communications degree programs

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts, Public Relations Specialists.

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