Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Communications

Communications field of degree. Employment: 2,629,340. Median annual wage: $50,000.

Communications field of degree. Employment: 2,629,340. Median annual wage: $50,000

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Table 1. Communications degree, 2018

Data

Communications

All fields

Employment

2,629,340 55,381,020

Median wage

$50,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

15 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

51 59

Percent with an advanced degree

23 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of communications majors, 2018

Communications majors

Major share

Communications

55%

Journalism

20

Mass media

14

Advertising and public relations

11

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a communications degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Management occupations

19%

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

13

Sales and related occupations

12

Business and financial operations occupations

12

Office and administrative support occupations

11

Other

33

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a communications degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

18% Bachelor's degree 2% 23%

Marketing managers

7 Bachelor's degree 3 24

Human resources specialists

7 Bachelor's degree 2 18

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 4 50

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 2 93

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

1 High school diploma or equivalent 2 8

Retail salespersons

-1 No formal educational credential 2 4

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 5 21

Customer service representatives

-2 High school diploma or equivalent 2 4

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

-5 High school diploma or equivalent 2 5

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Communications,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/communications/communications-field-of-degree.htm (visited October 13, 2021).

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