Almost all careers require some level of effective communication, but there are some careers that may require or more highly utilize the skills and knowledge obtained with a master's degree in communications. Below we discuss a handful of the jobs available to those with a master's in the field.
Careers for Those with a Master's in Communications
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2014-2024)*|
|Public Relations Specialists||$58,020||6%|
|Reporters, Correspondents and Broadcast News Analysts||$38,870||-9% (Decline)|
|Interpreters and Translators||$46,120||29%|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Public Relations Specialists
Public relations specialists must communicate very effectively with the public as they work to create a positive image for their client. They create and maintain this image through press releases and speeches or interviews that they prepare for their clients. They typically use social media to help evaluate the public's opinion about a particular client or issue, and make changes to their strategy as needed. Some public relations specialists may also have input into what promotional or advertising campaigns an organization implements.
Technical writers need advanced skills in writing and communication in order to convey complex topics in easy-to-understand ways for their readers. They write a variety of technical information that could be included in things like how-to-guides or journal articles, and may even need to include diagrams or charts in their work to help explain a topic. Technical writers often revisit projects to update them with new information and/or make changes based on feedback. Some may also have a technical background in an area such as engineering or computer technology.
Announcers typically work in radio or television to communicate various kinds of news, events or commentaries to their audience. This can require them to prepare and read scripts for commentary on a particular subject or conduct interviews with different guests. They may also make public appearances to promote or commentate on events. Some announcers specialize in commentating on sporting events, news, music or public service announcements.
Reporters, Correspondents and Broadcast News Analysts
Similar to announcers, reporters, correspondents and broadcast news analysts can work in television or radio, but they may also work for websites, newspapers or magazines. They focus on covering news at the local, national and/or global levels, and presenting it in an understandable way to their audience. They may need to research a particular topic, conduct interviews and analyze data in order to properly communicate a story to the public.
Interpreters and Translators
Interpreters and translators may have a wide range of educational backgrounds, including communications, but must know at least two languages. These professionals either speak, sign or write one language into another to help various people communicate. They must be able to understand the first language quickly, and then accurately convert it and clearly communicate the information in the second language. Interpreters and translators can also specialize in a particular field of interpretation or translation, such as medical or legal interpretation or translation.
Those with a master's degree in communications may quickly advance in their field and put their communication skills to use. Many jobs are available in various fields that require the communication of different kinds of information.