Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Journalism Requirements

Journalism education has its foundation in a basic liberal arts format, and there is even cross-over into other fields such as marketing and public relations. Journalism majors are presented with a well-rounded education and the opportunity to learn about every type of journalism, including social media, broadcast journalism, photojournalism, sports journalism, and investigative journalism, to name a few. Most schools also offer training in the kind of multimedia skills that are increasingly in demand. Many also have internship programs for their students.

Coursework for a bachelor's program may include: History of media; Ethics and law; Web design; Broadcast news; Photojournalism; and Editing.

Journalism Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Journalism degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Journalism degrees have experience in is Journalist, followed by News Reporter, Editor, Public Relations Specialist, Copywriter, Social Media Manager, Marketing Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Sports Writer, and Advertising Manager.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Journalist 12.8% 0.6% 23.0×
News Reporter 7.9% 0.1% 148.8×
Editor 7.0% 0.5% 15.6×
Public Relations Specialist 5.8% 0.3% 17.0×
Copywriter 5.6% 0.5% 11.3×
Social Media Manager 5.1% 0.4% 12.8×
Marketing Manager 5.0% 1.3% 3.9×
Digital Marketing Specialist 5.0% 0.6% 8.9×
Sports Writer 4.5% 0.0% 151.4×
Advertising Manager 3.9% 0.3% 15.4×

Journalism Salary

Journalism graduates earn on average $35k, putting them in the 40th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $26k
Median (average earners) $35k
75th (top earners) $43k

Journalism Employment

Journalism graduates are moderately underemployed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Employment potential
Low-paying 86%
Part-Time 76%
Jobs that don't require college 47%

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