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What sort of careers can be found involving writing with a communication degree?

I have always had a knack for writing, but I'm not sure I want to be a journalist. What other types of careers might there be like that? #communications #writing #communication

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Bryant’s Answer

Hi Ciara,


As others have said, there are a lot of careers in communications that put emphasis on writing. The type of work can also depend a lot on the place you're working, even when considering two positions with similar job titles. For example, I've worked in a few different places as marketing strategist. In some of these roles, I was very involved in writing and developing the content. In other companies, I was more involved in meeting with business leaders and then outlining the types of content I thought would work best for what they wanted, maintaining an editorial calendar and building campaigns in a marketing automation platform with very little actual writing.


If there's a particular field or type of position that sounds interesting to you, I'd suggest reading a few job descriptions in that area to get an idea for what expectations generally are. A lot of marketing roles will involve writing. PR is another good field to consider. Personally, I feel that business-to-business marketing is a little closer to journalism than consumer marketing (I've even worked with a company that had a former newspaper editor-in-chief running the marketing department).


Another thing to consider is whether you want to only do writing or would enjoy working with content in other ways. For example, some companies hire editorial managers to do a little bit of the planning and strategy as well as edit content from subject matter experts. Ad and marketing agencies also tend to have more editors, so that's an option as well.

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David’s Answer

And again, another interesting question, this time from Ciara L., and it has to do with a communication degree, which I assume to be of recent vintage. It's your lucky day, Ciara!


Believe it or not, my first wife earned a communication degree and she could really run her mouth, that is, she was a natural talker; and with thst god given skill, she was able to secure a job with a radio station in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and win over the owner of Boogie 93, whom happened to be, Jerry Newton, Wayne's brother. And if you don't who Wayne Newton is, he's that famous popular singer we see often connected to Las Vegas entertainment. All of this may be beside the point as to an answer to your question, but I think that I have partially answered it.


In fact, after my spouse got this radio job, she moved to Tampa Florida, where she got in with the TV station, channel 44. Thus, having started with a communication bachelor's degree, she, now my ex-wife, shows us her successful and consecutive steps, from radio to television, in a time span of five years. What do you think about that, Ciara, with her bold achievements in professional media communication?


My belief is that you can do the same as she did, for she had that natural knack of talk and a great personality to go with it. Surely, you have something in you that wants to speak and touch someone, both with your mind and heart. Best wishes and good luck, Ciara.

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Shelly A’s Answer

Hi. There are lots of options, you could be travel writer, technical writer , screenwriter or copywriter (advertising /public relations ); book reviews, another option is legal writing. I became a contracts attorney and spend a lot of time writing contracts. You might see what types of writing you like creative, descriptive or more technical. Look for opportunities to write, such as summer internship and see what you enjoy the most.

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Susan E.’s Answer

You can write for a blog, newspaper, magazine or just about any journalism career, especially if you'd like to utilize it that way. Even a lot of freelancing jobs nowadays are looking for good writers.

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