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3.4/5 3.4/5
Bachelors Bachelors

Overview

A bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, liberal arts or english is the minimum requirement to become a journalist. Some students complete a double major in journalism and another subject, such as business or economics. Getting a master's degree in journalism can broaden one's horizons, or can start ones career in journalism if their bachelor's degree was in a different subject.

A journalist needs to have excellent research skills and an ability to generate accurate information and good content. They must be able to ask the right questions and understand situations quickly in order to produce coherent stories.

Like any writer, journalists should have a passion for language and all the ways it can be used. It's not just about the facts, but also about the way they are presented. Journalists need to have excellent writing and grammatical skills, and must always aim for accuracy.

To gather information, journalists need to have determination (though sometimes perceived as aggressiveness) to ask all the appropriate and necessary questions.

What are Journalists like?

Artistic

Based on our pool of users, journalists tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Industrial Designers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1215 Sokanu users

Are Journalists happy?

69%Happy

Journalists rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 69th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Industrial Designer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Journalists

The most common degree held by journalists is Journalism. 12% of journalists had a degree in journalism before becoming journalists. That is over 12 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among journalists, representing 11% of journalists in the Sokanu user base, which is 2.9 times the average.

Journalist Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Journalist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of journalists % of population Multiple
Journalism 11.8% 0.9% 12.5×
English Literature 11.3% 3.9% 2.9×
Communications 6.6% 2.6% 2.5×
Political Science 3.8% 2.4% 1.6×
History 2.4% 1.8% 1.3×
Psychology 2.4% 5.3% 0.4×
Economics 2.2% 3.2% 0.7×
International Relations 2.2% 1.2% 1.8×
Liberal Arts 1.7% 1.4% 1.2×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.7% 1.2% 1.4×
Foreign Language Studies 1.6% 1.0% 1.5×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.3% 1.8% 0.7×
Mass Media 1.3% 0.4% 3.0×

Journalist Education Levels

82% of journalists have a bachelor's degree. 5% of journalists have an associate's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 5%
Bachelor's degree 82%
Master's degree 5%
Doctorate degree 0%

How to Become a Journalist

Think you might be interested in becoming a Journalist? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good journalist? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
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Should I be a Journalist?

Think you might be interested in becoming a Journalist? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good journalist? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
  3. Get Hired
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