Career Opportunities for Majors in Communication


The Department of Communication emphasizes the study of the nature, diversity, and impact of communication on the evolution of the individual, group and institutions within society. Attention is given to theoretical perspectives on the nature of communication as a process involving messages, meanings and media; investigation of the variety of ways in which communication is practiced in everyday life; and evaluation and analysis of the outcome that differing communicative choices entail for individuals and institutions.

The undergraduate major program provides a broad, theory-based education and allows for concentration in a specific area, such as Public Relations, Health Communication, Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication, Mediated Communication, Organizational Communication, and Telecommunication Processes and Policies. Coursework in the Department is also useful for students whose primary interests are in such fields as Political Science, Computer Science, Management, Psychology, English, Journalism, or Sociology. For more departmental information go to http://www.comminfo.rutgers.edu/.

Communication graduates find opportunities in a wide variety of careers in business, education, government and the Nonprofit sectors. Skills in verbal and written communication are one of the most sought after characteristics employers look for when hiring. Radio and TV, advertising and public relations, publishing, sales, and financial services are but a few of the many areas in which these graduates find employment. Any work that involves communicating as its focal point is a potential career field. The communications industry is a competitive one, however, and experience is a must.

While most graduates work in a related occupation, others choose different directions. Experience allows many to progress without further education. However, an advanced degree can offer an edge, particularly with larger corporations. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Advertising Copywriter Floor Mgr. Product Promotion Writer
Announcer Foreign Relations Officer Production Editor
Assoc. Publisher Fundraiser Public Administrator
Audience Analyst Human Resources Specialist Public Affairs Director
Book Designer Human Rights Officer Public Information Officer
Broadcast Station Mgr. Labor Relations Specialist Public Opinion Researcher
Communication Trainer Lobbyist Public Relations Manager
Community Relations Director Market Analyst Publications Advisor
Community Relations Liaison Marketing Specialist Publicity Mgr.
Consumer Advocate Media Analyst Reporter
Corporate Public Affairs Specialist Media Buyer Research & Editorial Specialist
Counselor Media Planner Sales Representative
Creative Dir. Media Relations Manager Speech Instructor
Customer Relations Rep Mediator Staff Consultant
Dir. of Corporate Communication Mgr. Investment Relations Technical Director
Disc Jockey News Anchor Television Specialist
Editorial Dir. News Supervisor Transmitter Engineer
Film Dir. Perfumer Writer/Author
Film Producer Press Secretary
Film Tape Librarian Producer

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Book/Magazine Publishers Health Organizations Museums
Community Organizations Hospitals Pharmaceutical Companies
Educational Institutions Investment Firms Professional Associations
Entertainment Firms Labor Unions Radio Stations
Film Companies Libraries Retail Stores
Financial Institutions Magazines/Newspapers Telecommunications Firms
Health Maintenance Organizations Management consulting firms Television/Radio Stations
Government Agencies
Cultural Affairs Agencies National Archives & Records Administration U.S. Information Agency
Department of Labor National Endowment for the Humanities Voice of America
Library of Congress Public Health Service
NITA Small Business Administration

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Communication

Organization Job Title
Beckerman Public Relations Account Executive
Assoc. of Am. Medical Colleges Applicant Relations Specialist
Landmark Communications Assistant Buyer, Anthropologie Assistant Account Executive
The Underground Management Assistant Manager
TAC Campus Recruiter
Accenture Consulting Analyst
C.R. Bard, Inc. Corporate Marketing Administrator
Rutgers Foundation Donor Relations Development
L’Oreal E-Commerce Coordinator
Black & Decker Corp. Field Marketing Coordinator
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Communication

Ketchum Public Relations Account Supervisor
Merrill Lynch Assistant Vice President
ABC News Assoc. Dir
Andreoni & Associates Communication Consultant
Heidrick & Struggles Consultant
Asbury Park Press Copy Editor
Johnson & Johnson/Ortho McNeil Corp. Communications Specialist
Midlantic Bank Corporate Trainer
The Maury Povich Show Dir. of Audience Services/Interns
Muscular Dystrophy Association Dir. of Community Programs
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Other Strategic Public Communication & Public Relations
American University JD Int'l. Family Law
Boston University PhD Public Relations
Drew University Education Primary Education K-6, Special Education
Fudan University Communication Public Relations
Hongkong Baptist University Communication
Montclair State University Other Speech-language Pathology
Raritan Valley Community College Echo Technician
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Communication and Information Studies Marketing and Public Relations
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Education Elementary Education
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