What Can I Do With A Major In Communication?

Communication Studies graduates find opportunities in a wide variety of careers in business, education, government and non-profit sectors. Skills in verbal and written communication, as well as critical thinking, are some of the most sought after characteristics employers look for when hiring. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. While a degree in communication studies provides the foundation for successful careers in a variety of professions, it is also important for students in this major to actively develop their own careers goals and work with their faculty advisors to take advantage of internships, special course offerings, and volunteer opportunities to prepare themselves for particular professions.

The Department of Communication Studies at The University of Montana-Missoula focuses on three broad areas of study: interpersonal interaction and human relationships, organizational communication, and rhetoric and public discourse. By choosing to focus on one of these three options, students may make themselves more marketable for certain types of jobs. Overall, the knowledge and skills a student acquires in each of these areas are important to functioning effectively in one's personal life, at work, and as a citizen of the larger society in a rapidly changing world.

A Sample of Related Occupations

Types of Employers

Private and Non-profit Organizations

Advertising Agencies
Book Publishers
Community Organizations
Educational Organizations
Entertainment Firms
Financial Institutions
Health Organizations
Labor Unions
High Tech Companies
Management/Consulting Firms
Manufacturing Firms
Professional Associations
Public Relations Firms
Radio Stations
Retail Stores
Telecommunications Firms
Television Stations
Non-Profit Advocacy Organizations

Government Agencies

Department of Labor
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
National Archives
National Park Service
National Science Foundation
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Small Business Administration
U.S. Information Agency
Voice of America

Related Web Links

Professional Associations