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608 Master's Degrees Annually
14 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#139 in Popularity (Master's)
$73,090 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Communication & Journalism Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many communication and journalism (other) graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 608
Doctor’s Degree 14
Graduate Certificate 14

What Other Communication & Journalism Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to other communications and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other Communications Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Other Communications Majors

other communications majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Other Communications Majors

A major in other communications will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Other Communication & Journalism Major?

People with a other communications degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Communications Professors 10.0% $68,910
Copy Writers 7.6% $62,170

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Other Communication & Journalism?

608 Master's Degrees Annually
77% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 77% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other communications majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Communications Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 55
Hispanic or Latino 47
White 240
International Students 222
Other Races/Ethnicities 28

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Other Communications. About 36.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • Canada
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Other Communication & Journalism Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in other communications have a median salary of $49,900 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $45,850 (25th percentile) and $58,825 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to other communications.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $69,480 to $78,090 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to other communications. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with other communications require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to other communications have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.2%
Some College Courses 6.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 52.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.6%
Master’s Degree 27.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.7%
Doctoral Degree 5.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 3.3%

Online Other Communication & Journalism Programs

In 2018-2019, 130 schools offered a other communications program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 9 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 12 1
Bachelor’s Degree 11 2
Post-Baccalaureate 9 1
Master’s Degree 23 4
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Communication & Journalism Worth It?

The median salary for a other communications grad is $73,090 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 83% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $663,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other communications.

Major Number of Grads
Communication & Media Studies 68,301
Public Relations & Advertising 20,156
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 16,150
Journalism 15,466
Publishing 297

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