What can I do with a Degree in Communication?

Parents of prospective students often ask me the same question: What kind of job can you get with a communication degree?

As the director of our undergraduate programs, I often respond that the possible answers are many, diverse, and can be highly rewarding. I created this wordle display for the Knight School of Communication website on some of the types of  jobs that communication majors might seek upon college graduation:

Opportunities in communication fields are quickly growing and often tied to the innovative communication technologies in both traditional and digital media. Yet, employers report that the most important skills are the abilities to speak and write with skill and grace in an ethical way. Those skills, taught by communication programs across the nation, can be applied to a wide variety of jobs, careers and vocations.


  1. This is such a relief to read! I have had so many people ask me why I would decide to major in Communication, and I have always had some difficulty answering them with a response that isn’t just “because I want too!” But I like when people as esteemed as yourself are advocates for communication. It just seems like that major is never really given the credit that it deserves. I’m glad to have picked it, and I think that it will help me a lot later on in life.

    • Holly, I’m glad you agree – especially since you have first-hand and recent experience getting an awesome job with your communication degree. Congratulations and stay in touch.

  2. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this article! I will be graduating from Wittenberg University this week with a degree in communication and have been asked repeatedly what I “will be able to do” when I “get out”. This short article has helped me form a coherent answer [which is rather ironic, given my degree] instead of stumbling around trying to formulate an answer that sounds reasonable and intelligent. I have loved studying communication because it is so diverse and because it is constantly happening around and to us. I was an education major first, but felt at “home” studying communication. Thank you again for the words of encouragement and validation. I really appreciate it!

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