10 best careers for communication

Top 10 Best Careers for Communication Students

As a student studying communications, there are a lot of career options. It can be overwhelming when it’s time to decide where you want to go with your knowledge in communications. Our team has collaborated and come up with ten different careers in the communications field, that we believe are worth finding out more about.

Here is our list of the 10 Best Careers in Communications and some of their advantages:

1. Radio Broadcaster


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Involves informing the public on various topics via the radio, and using tools such as music, sports events, political campaigns, etc. to reach out to audiences of various demographics in order to convey a message and draw in listeners.

As a radio broadcaster, you would become more involved in your community and utilize your voice and project your knowledge to influence your various audiences. Also, who doesn’t love talking to cool people and listening to music? Seems like a fun to career to us!

An entry level radio broadcaster (1-3 years of experience) earns an average salary of $33,716. On the other end, a senior level radio broadcaster (8+ years of experience) earns an average salary of $64,102

2. Public Relations Specialist

A PR specialist is a part of the persuasion business. The goal here is to attract clients and build as well as maintain the relationships between those clients and the company that has hired you. Responsibilities include: writing/delivering media releases, advertising and marketing for the company/product, and solving various issues that may arise internally and externally.

A successful public relations practitioner will be able to analyze the organization, research the positive feedback and messages about the organizations to which they will use that information to foster a positive image about the organization.  When there are negative views and feedback of the organization, the PR practitioner is responsible for coming up with an appropriate response and way to resolve the issue.

For a public relations specialist with a college degree, the median salary is $43,830 per year. In the advertising field, the median annual salary is $50,450. For experienced and successful PR practitioners, the salary can be as high as $81,000 or more per year.

3. News Anchor/Journalist


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A news anchor presents news stories on the radio and television. He or she is responsible for introducing reporters’ video recorded reports as well as live reports, analyzing and selecting stories, and also hosting interviews with guests. News anchors are typically required to have a presence on social media as well as have an active role in the community.

Journalists research, write, edit, proofread and file news stories, features, and articles for use on television and radio or within magazines, journals and newspapers. Most jobs require a qualification accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

As a News Anchor or Journalist, you should be prepared to be work long hours. However, there are some benefits to being an example to your community and meeting incredible people along the way: you’ll never be bored and it’s a great way to challenge yourself and your communication skills!

The average Journalist salary is $49,679. Annual compensation for News Anchors is typically determined by bonuses and commissions and totals around $57K (including $61K from bonuses and commissions).

4. Motivational Speaker


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Motivational speakers are responsible for speaking to an audience in order to get them motivated or incentivized to do something more with their lives.  The speaker is often responsible for promoting their motivational speeches to ensure a good turnout.

If you have a core message and enjoy speaking in front of crowds, then you may want to look further into this profession. It is mainly a self-made job and will require some background knowledge in business, but it can absolutely present you with opportunities for travel and the chance to meet with inspiring people.

The average annual salary for a motivational speaker is around $88,000. Many motivational speakers are self-employed and get paid salaries from their profits.

5. Social/Digital Media Director

Essential Duties of the Social Media Director include managing social media, marketing campaigns, developing relevant content topics to reach the company’s target customers and creating, curating, and managing all published content (images, video and written).

A lot of businesses and corporations need individuals to manage all of their social media platforms. If you enjoy being creative and have a way with words then this is the job for you!

The average salary for a Social Media Director is $72,439 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years of experience in this field. A skill in Online Marketing is associated with high pay for this job.

6. Event Planner


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An Event Planner creates programs that address the purpose, message or impression that their organization or client is trying to communicate. Event planners work long and non-traditional hours to plan and execute all details related to a variety of meeting formats including seminars, conferences, trade shows, executive retreats, incentive programs, golf events, conventions, and other programs.

Talk about organizational and multi-tasking skills! This job also needs a person with a knack for creativity. If you love managing and expressing your creativity, organizing events and seeing a smile on your customers’ faces, this is close to the best job ever!

An Event Planner’s salary is usually within a range between $51,417-$70,162. The median annual Event Planner salary is around $59,503.

7. Marketing Manager

Marketing Managers oversee all facets of marketing for a company. From budgeting to research, to creative input, these individuals have various responsibilities that change from company to company. Marketing managers assign different teams to outreach duties throughout a company’s marketing campaign. They might be involved in branding, creative brainstorming, research analysis, and market condition evaluation depending on their goals.

This job can utilize your skills in creativity, innovation, and organization. It’s more than just communicating, it’s offering your knowledge to make a company the best it can be.

The median annual Marketing Manager salary is about $94,355, usually within a range of $82,200-$111,083

8. Human Resources Specialist

Human Resources Specialists are responsible for recruiting, screening, interviewing and placing workers within an organization. They may also handle employee relations, payroll, benefits, and training. Human resources specialists plan, direct and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization.

This job lies within the corporate world for sure, so if you like the business environment then this is for you. It will challenge you and work on your interpersonal, management, and organizational skills.

A Human Resources (HR) Generalist earns an average salary of $51,028 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don’t have more than 20 years’ experience.

9. Editor

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. They also review and edit digital media and drafts of books and articles, offer comments to improve the product and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

If you are more well-versed in the English, grammar, and writing side of communications then editing may be your number one go-to. There are many different places and people you could edit for; newspapers, book publishers… the list goes on!

The average Editor salary is $49,679.

10. Blogger/Vlogger


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There are many things you could do as a blogger. You could express share your passions. Whether your passion is business, personal finance, cooking, politics, photography, or marketing, blogging gives you the opportunity to connect and network with like-minded individuals who share the same passions.

You can make a difference; some people’s passions lean toward supporting a cause. Whether it’s a political, environmental or social cause, blogging is a great way to build awareness and garner support.

You can Share Your Knowledge. If you’re someone who loves to teach, starting a blog can provide the opportunity to educate others interested in your field of expertise. The best part is that, as you build resources on your blog to teach others, you may have the opportunity to monetize your blog by creating educational products or services online.

Build an Online Portfolio Blogging is a great way for aspiring authors and freelance writers to build up an online portfolio. By showcasing their writing skills on large platforms with expansive reach, freelancers can grow their exposure and sign new clients.

Salaries for bloggers vary widely. It can range from $19K to $79K a year. Some sources say the 14% of bloggers who earn a salary make, on average, $24K a year (or $33K for corporate bloggers). Likewise, freelance bloggers can make anything from under $10 a post to $100 or more for a relatively short post.

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