Career Opportunities for Majors in Journalism and Media Studies


The Department of Journalism and Media Studies offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. It provides undergraduate students with a broad spectrum of courses in the theory and practice of journalism and mass media, preparing them for professional careers in newspapers, magazines, television, radio, news agencies, publishing, public information services, and more. The department focuses on the practice of journalism and mass media, the impact of media on society, public policy and understanding, and the planning and development of public information systems.

Journalism and Media Studies graduates find career opportunities in a wide variety of settings including business, education, government, and nonprofit organizations. Skills in verbal and written communication are among the most sought-after characteristics employers look for when hiring. Any work that involves communication as its focal point is a potential career field. However, the communications industry is a competitive one and experience a must.

While many graduates work in a related occupation, others choose different paths. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career aspirations, increase your marketability to employers through internships, related work experience, good grades, advanced coursework, and involvement in campus activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Critic Photographer
Advertising Account Executive Customer Relations Representative Producer
Advertising Director Disc Jockey Public Information Officer
Audio-Visual Consultant Editor/Writer Public Relations Specialist
Biographer Entertainment Agent Radio/Podcast Host
Camera Operator Film/TV Director Radio/TV Newscaster
Circulation Director Foreign Service Officer Sales Representative
Columnist Fundraiser Screen/Script Writer
Commentator Human Resources Administrator Station Programmer
Consumer Advocate Journalist Talent Coordinator
Convention Organizer Librarian Technical Writer
Copy Writer Market Researcher Tour Guide
Corporate Trainer Media Buyer Traffic Manager
Corporate Trainer Correspondent Media Production Assistant Writer
Correspondent Critic Personnel Recruiter

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Book Publishers Hospitals Newspapers/Magazines
Cable Television Labor Unions Professional Associations
Community Arts Centers Libraries Public Relations Firms
Community Organizations Magazines/Newspapers Radio Stations
Educational Institutions Management consulting firms Retail Stores
Entertainment Firms Manufacturing Firms Telecommunications Firms
Financial Institutions Market research firms Television/Radio Stations
Foundations Museums
Health Organizations News Agencies
Government Agencies
Cultural Affairs Agencies National Endowment for the Humanities Small Business Administration
Department of Labor National Park Service U.S. Information Agency
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board National Science Foundation Voice of America
National Archives & Records Administration National Telecommunications

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Journalism and Media Studies

Organization Job Title
New Jersey Institute of Technology Computer Support Specialists
LinkedIn Editors
CVS Health Supervisors Of Sales Workers
1 South Vape Management Analysts
United States Air Force Intelligence Analyst
9th Ave Photograpghy Freelance Photographer
Discovery Education Senior Print Fulfillment Analyst
Intercultural Communications Media And Communication Workers
Rakuten Marketing Accountants And Auditors
Temple University Marketing Assistant
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Journalism and Media Studies

English, Lafayette College Adjuct Professor
Rutgers University Admissions Representative
First-Year Students, Rutgers University Assistant Dean
Richard F. Fried, Esq. (JD) Attorney
NY Life Benefit Services Communications Product Manager
United Way of Tri-State Communications Specialist
Charles Nechtem Associates Counselor
Internet Fundraising, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Director
United Parcel Service Electronic Media Supervisor
Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine Fashion & Luxury Manager
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Media Studies Magazine Writing
Boston University MA Television Production
Cardiff University MA International Journalism
Catholic University of America Political Science
Columbia University MA Psychological Services
Fairleigh Dickinson University MBA Business Management
George Washington University MA Journalism/Mass Media
Howard University JD Entertainment Law
New School University MA Communication
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