Study reports uptick in jobs for journalism majors

by Steve Myers
Oct 30, 2018 in Journalism Basics

The job picture is looking better for college grads who majored in journalism and mass communications, at least in the short term.

The percentage of graduates who reported finding full-time employment within six to eight months rose to 62.2 percent in 2011, up four percentage points in a year and the second year of increases. That’s still lower than the 70.2 percent of new graduates who found jobs in 2007, though.

The share of those graduates who say they’re “very satisfied” with their job has risen to the highest point in 25 years. “I think it probably reflects that if you’ve got a job, you’re pretty happy with it,” said Lee Becker, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia.

The study also found that median salary of those new graduates rose from $30,000 to $31,000, but when you factor in inflation, that’s almost $2,000 less than in 2000. “And it’s well below the $40,735 that the National Association of College and Employers reported as the median starting salary for all 2011 college grads,” notes PEJ’s Mark Jurkowitz.

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