Career Opportunities

A bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies provides an excellent liberal arts foundation for employment in the private, public, and civil society sectors. It also provides a strong foundation for graduate education in communication, business, education, social sciences, and health sciences. Graduates from our department are often employed in education (teaching and administration), management, sales, media, social services, health care, public relations/customer service and finance. With further academic study, students also often have careers in law, higher education, counseling and the ministry.

 

What skills do Communication Studies students acquire?

The National Communication Association (NCA) notes that The U.S. Department of Labor lists a number of qualities required for top job performance. We study at least ten of these in Communication Studies: "Listening, speaking, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, reasoning, self-esteem, sociability, self-management and integrity/honesty." This publication also remarks upon our teaching the particular skills of "interviewing, listening, planning and conducting meetings, resolving conflicts, and public speaking" (Pathways to Careers in Communication, 1995, p. 1).

Possible job titles for B.A. and B.A. Ed. graduates

Advertising account executive High School speech Teacher Political analyst
advertising executive Hotel manager Political campaign director
Anchorperson Human resources manager Politician
Arts administrator Human rights officer Public affairs director
Business manager Journalist Public information officer
Child language specialist Labor relations consultant Public opinion researcher
College recruiter Language arts teacher Public relations officer
Communication consultant Lawyer Public speaker
Communication researcher Legal communication consultant Publications editor
Communication statistician Legislative assistant Publicist
Community affairs liaison Legislative correspondent Radio talk-show host
Community college speech instructor Lighting technician Recreational supervisor
Community relations director Linguist Reporter
Customer service representative Market researcher Script writer
Developmental officer Marketing communication manager Sound technician
Diplomatic host/hostess Marketing specialist Speech writer
Director of corporate communication Media account executive Sports publicist
Employment interviewer Media buyer Sports announcer
Entertainer Media critic Student activities director
Entrepreneur Mediation specialist Telecom. specialist
Film director Medical communication trainer Telemarketing manager
Forensics/debate director Mental health professional Theatre manager
Fund Raiser Minister Tour guide
Government lobbyist Nonprofit organization director Training specialist
Governmental press secretary Parliamentarian University Professor
Health services manager Political activist  

Which Line of Work is For You

Probably the best way to figure out the "right fit" in a job is to clarify what interests you the most. Do your research. Think about the kinds of work you are interested in, and learn everything you can about your top two or three areas of interest. What inspires you most? Also think about your own natural strengths and abilities, as well as your values. How do you see yourself, and where do you see yourself working? How do you really want to spend your time? What specific goals do you wish to achieve? What type of company or organization would you like to work with? What kinds of people do you wish to work with?

Look through the resources listed in this web site, and use all the resources available to you at Western’s Career Services Center. The Center is the best resource for assistance with career planning, assessments, internships, job market information, job search services, and alumni services. The Career Center offers individual counseling as well as a wide variety of workshops.

Consider Doing an Internship

Internships give you experience with many possible careers. Check out our internship site for more information.

Job Search Strategies

  1. Use the resources available to you through Western’s Career Services Centerin Old Main 280.
  2. As early as your junior year, attend job search workshops. Learn how to research companies, promote your skills and experience, and identify the hidden job market. The Career Services Center offers several workshops throughout each quarter to help students with every topic you can think of:
    • Job Search Strategies
    • Resume writing
    • Cover letter writing
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Developing an internship
    • Getting into graduate school
  3. Attend career fairs and other events. Several career fairs and other events are offered throughout the year to help students and alumni research employers and job opportunities. Check the special events schedule to see what events are scheduled for this quarter.
  4. During you senior year, register with the Career Services Center to take full advantage of job search services, including on-campus interviews and the candidate referral program.
  5. Also, participate in on-campus recruiting. Businesses, industry and government organizations recruit during fall, winter, and spring quarters.
  6. Contact agencies, companies or organizations you would like to work for and see if they’re hiring
  7. Check with state employment opportunity office
  8. Talk with parents and other about job possibilities in their companies
  9. Check local newspaper classified ads — especially on Sunday
  10. Consider volunteer or internship positions (these sometimes lead to paid positions)
  11. Call employment/temporary placement agencies
  12. Check the Internet for job posting web sites

 

Job & Internship Opportunies from Viking CareerLink

Career Services Center's Viking CareerLink showcases current jobs and internships dirtected specifically to Communication Studies majors and recent alumni. Check back often as Viking Career Link is updated frequently with new opportunities!

Students and alumni need to register with Viking Career Link to access full job descriptions. For information about opportunities, or for assistance using Viking Career Link, contact WWU Career Services at (360) 650-3240, or visit their office in Old Main 280.