Do you love information? Are you curious about how people communicate in their personal and professional relationships, within your own culture or across different cultures? Are you interested in media, whether print, broadcast or digital? Communications may be the field for you.
Communications is a relatively new discipline, but in this "Age of Information and Globalization," it is growing rapidly. For communications graduates, employment opportunities are plentiful, starting wages are reasonable and the doors to advancement are wide open.
Communications is also a very broad discipline. Your education in communications might cover:
- Learning to research and write for a wide variety of media, and being a media analyst and critic
- Applying new telecommunications technologies, and learning about regulatory frameworks
- Understanding how communication interacts with different cultures, and becoming an active participant in contemporary communications culture
Because the field is so broad, a degree in communications can lead to a variety of jobs, such as:
- Researching and reporting on social and political events
- Specialty reporting in fields such as business, sports or technology
- Focusing on the communications value of publication design
- Working in marketing, internal communications or public relations
- Working in the public, private or non-profit sectors
- Doing event planning, from small meetings to international conferences
- Researching public policy or developing corporate policies
- Developing technical manuals to help people learn how to use new products
The almost boundary-less nature of communications means two things: You are very likely to find a niche that you can be passionate about; and, over the course of your career, you will likely have many opportunities to shift the focus of your work to new and interesting challenges.
In other words, if you choose communications, you will be choosing a career with the potential to always be fresh, compelling and exciting.