Newsflash: Journalism grads aren’t limited to traditional media jobs.
OK, maybe that’s not exactly breaking news, but you should know that jobs for journalism majors offer writing opportunities that go way beyond that 6-inch story you wrote for your college newspaper.
Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale, Monster reported on 10 journalism major jobs.
What you’d do: Content marketers create videos, articles, and images within an editorial calendar to create brand awareness, upsell products, participate in conversations about subjects related to the brand, and create a sense of community between customers and the brand. Additionally, content marketers target emails, content, social media posts, and other creative forms of communication to different points in a customer’s experience.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree should be sufficient to get a job in content marketing.
What you’d make: $40,646 per year
What you’d do: Whenever you see an advertisement, a copywriter developed the message being delivered. If you’re naturally persuasive, super-creative, and can cram a lot of convincing information into a few words, this job should grab your attention.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree should be sufficient to get a copywriting job.
What you’d make: $47,790 per year
Corporate communications specialist
What you’d do: Major corporations need to relay company-specific information to their many employees, as well as the press. This includes everything from benefits information to internal news stories to details of upcoming events. A corporate communications specialist is in charge of creating and distributing all this news, and often maintaining a company intranet.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is the baseline.
What you’d make: $53,586 per year
What you’d do: Overseeing every step of the publishing process, editors work with writers to plan and edit content for publication. Editors work at magazines, newspapers, online media outlets—basically anywhere there’s a story, there’s an editor.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree, along with an internship and/or work experience, is the norm.
What you’d make: $57,210 per year
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What you’d do: Grant writers use their persuasive talents to demonstrate the importance of a nonprofit organization’s causes through written proposals to win the money necessary to promote them.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is standard for this role.
What you’d make: $45,788 per year
Public relations specialist
What you’d do: Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organizations they represent and put together media releases to help shape public perception and increase brand awareness. Your journalism background makes you an excellent candidate for a public relations role, as they regularly interact with journalists to effectively communicate their organizations’ messages.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is the baseline, but most employers will want you to have completed an internship.
What you’d make: $58,020 per year
What you’d do: Reporters inform the public about news and events, spending much of their time in the field, conducting interviews and investigating stories. They work on tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment, striving to be the first to publish the story.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree along with an internship or work experience is expected.
What you’d make: $38,870 per year
Social media specialist
What you’d do: Tweet, share, like, post, etc. A social media specialist works for a brand or organization and communicates with the public through social media platforms to build a favorable reputation. They also review data and analytics to see how they can improve their company’s social shareability.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is required, but you’ll also need to have a strong knowledge of social media platforms and networking tools. An internship can help make you more attractive to employers.
What you’d make: $40,769 per year
Sports information director
What you’d do: If you’re a sports junkie, how about getting paid to oversee a college athletics program’s ongoing communications needs? As a sports information director, you’ll help local, regional, and national sports journalists get the stories they need from your school’s coaches and athletes. You’ll also coordinate media coverage for various athletic events.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is normally required for this role. Although not required, having a background in collegiate athletics can help make you more attractive to employers.
What you’d make: $36,092 per year
What you’d do: Any time instructions must be written, particularly for a technical product or service, these writers go to work. Technical writers prepare instruction manuals and how-to guides to explain how a product or service works.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is standard for this role, but having expertise with a technical subject (such as computer science, engineering, or web design) is helpful.
What you’d make: $69,850 per year