There are a great diversity of careers and opportunities for individuals who major in journalism. I have had the privilege of advising several students who pursued this degree, and are doing very well.
There potentially two employment areas you can review when looking at this major. One is employment related to the major itself, and the other is employment that is closely associated or useful with the journalism degree.
The employment options related to the major include such area as broadcast journalism, editorial writer, magazine or newspaper writer, copy editor and proofreader, and web content editor. There are many opportunities in the printed paper and magazine industry, and the the online publishing industry still continues to grow. I have also seen individuals become online bloggers and freelance writers and contractors with a journalism degree. So there are many opportunities if you look for them.
There are also options closely associated with a journalism degree. In other wards the skills you obtain in a journalism major will be interchangeable with another career. This includes business oriented careers like advertising and public relations, or marketing researcher. Journalism majors are also employed in social media markets like Facebook and Twitter and multi-media design. I have also seen them obtain training as technical writers and work for large software companies like Microsoft and corporations like Apple. The world is a rapidly changing environment and the need for accurate communications skills will continue to grow in the future. I would review all the various options you have in the field and determine which one fits your greatest interests.
Paul recommends the following next steps:
- Assess your skills and interests
- Which colleges have the programs and courses that may benefit you and help you to achieve your academic and career goals?
- Request information from those college which have journalism programs that interest you.
- Explore and research the different careers in journalism.