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1,492 Master's Degrees Annually
43 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#86 in Popularity (Master's)
$86,830 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Radio, TV & Digital Communication Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many radio, television and digital communication graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,492
Graduate Certificate 131
Doctor’s Degree 43

What Radio, TV & Digital Communication Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to digital communication 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 Digital Communication 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • 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.

Skills for Digital Communication Majors

A major in digital communication prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Digital Communication Majors

A major in digital communication will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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

What Can You Do With a Radio, TV & Digital Communication Major?

People with a digital communication degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Communications Professors 10.0% $68,910
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 12.2% $71,680
Film and Video Editors 17.0% $62,650
Investment Fund Managers 8.0% $107,480
Media and Communication Workers 10.0% $48,330
Producers 12.2% $71,680
Program Directors 12.2% $71,680
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Talent Directors 12.2% $71,680
Technical Directors/Managers 12.2% $71,680

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Radio, TV & Digital Communication?

1,492 Master's Degrees Annually
64% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 64% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of digital communication majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Digital Communication Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 54
Black or African American 154
Hispanic or Latino 134
White 624
International Students 428
Other Races/Ethnicities 98

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Digital Communication. About 28.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Canada

How Much Do Radio, TV & Digital Communication Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in radio, television and digital communication made a median starting salary of $46,300 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $40,200 (25th percentile) and $52,600 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to digital communication.

Salaries According to BLS

Digital Communication majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $52,430 to $91,990 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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 degrees associated with digital communication may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 digital communication have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 7.9%
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) 3.5%
Some College Courses 6.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 6.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 54.3%
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. 0.8%
Master’s Degree 15.7%
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. 0.6%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.3%
Doctoral Degree 1.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.8%

Online Radio, TV & Digital Communication Programs

In 2018-2019, 575 schools offered a digital communication 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) 128 11
Certificate (1-2 years) 78 6
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 156 8
Bachelor’s Degree 29 10
Post-Baccalaureate 128 11
Master’s Degree 97 17
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 10 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Radio, TV & Digital Communication Worth It?

The median salary for a digital communication grad is $86,830 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 118% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $938,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to digital communication.

Major Number of Grads
Communication & Media Studies 5,184
Public Relations & Advertising 2,370
Journalism 1,618
Communication & Journalism (Other) 636
Publishing 233

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