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What is Communications?

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OSU New Media Communications Department OSU Department of Speech Communication

What is Communications?

According to Wikipedia, communications "is an academic field that deals with processes of human communication, commonly defined as the sharing of symbols to create meaning. The discipline encompasses a range of topics, from face-to-face conversation to mass media outlets such as television broadcasting. Communicaiton studies also examines how messages are interpreted through the ppolitica, cultural, economic, and social dimensions of their contexts."

Communications - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Speech Communications - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Business & Industry      
Accountant Executive Hospitality Manager Paralegal Restaurant Manager
Advertising Manager

Hotel Manager

Personnel Specialist Retail Manager
Association Administrator Human Resources Administrator Presenter Sales Representative
Bank Officer Industrial & Labor Relations Print Production Coordinator Service Representative
Claims Adjuster/Examiner Insurance Agent/Broker Promotions Manager Special Events Coordinator
Consumer Affairs Specialist Lawyer Public Information Officer Speech Writer
Corporate Communications Director Legal Assistant Public Relaitons Specialist Stockbroker
Credit Manager Management Analyst Real Estate Agent/Broker Technical Writer
Customer Service Representative Manager/Administrator Recreation/Attraction Manager Telemarketing Specialist
Events Planner Market Research Analyst Recruiter Training & Development Specialist
Fashion Merchandiser Media Manager Research Worker Travel Agent
Communications & Media      
Actor Government Relations Photojournalist Script Writer
Advertising Account Executive Graphic Artist Producer Sports Promoter
Advertising Copywriter Greeting Card Writer Production Assistant Sportscaster
Broadcast Advertising Sales Lighting Technician Proofreader Technical Writer
Communications Lawyer Market Research Public Information Officer Telemarketer
Contestant/Guest Coordinator Media Buyer Public Relations Assistant Traffic Manager
Copywriter Media Manager Publisher TV Engineer
Director Narrator Radio/TV Announcer TV News Anchor
Editorial Assistant News Writer/Editor Reporter/Journalist Video Programmer
Electronic Publications Photographer Sales Representative Writer
Government & Social Services      
Campaign Manager Government Advisor Media Specialist Public Administrator
Community Action Director Health Services Administrator Museum Director Recreation Coordinator
Consumer Advocate Human Resources Manager Negotiator Social Serviecs Administrator
Counselor Interviewer Planning Director Social Worker
Development Officer Lawyer Political Aide Speech Writer
Documentarian Legislative Aide Probation & Parole Officer Television Censor
Elected Official Lobbyist PSA Director Youth Worker
Foreign Service Officer      
Administrator Educational Consultant Mediator Speech pathologist
Audio/Visual Specialist Educational Tester Public Relations Officer Spokesperson for Education
Camp Counselor Guidance Counselor Recruiter Student Services Specialist
Development Officer Instructional Program Designer Special Events Coordinator Teacher

Related Skills

Ability to Write Clearly Identify & Manage Different Needs of Individuals/Groups
Attention to Details Influential/Persuasion Skills
Compare & Contrast Evidence Interpretation Skills
Create Entertaining & Persuasive Messages Measure Media Effects
Create Powerful Images with Sound, Sight, Motion & Words Planning & Management Skills
Critical Thinking Skills Present Specific Viewpoints
Define Hypotheses Reporting & Editing Skills
Demonstrate Creativity & Artistic Expression Synthesizing Information
Develop Market Research Understand Institutional & Cultural Views
Effective Speaking Work in Teams/Small Groups
Evaluate Ideas & Presentation Work Independently
Evaluate Information & Sources Work with Deadlines
Gather Information & Data Write Press Releases, Scripts, or Promotional Material

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Crewz - allows registered members to check out daily job posts and search for crewz, but they can search all locations and equipment as well.

Advertising and Medical Jobs - lists professional positions in creative communications.

Talent Zoo -provides career resources and lists jobs for advertising professionals with links to industry employers.

Society for Technical Communication - provides resources and jobs for writers and illustrators interested in professional employment in technological fields.

O'Dwyer's PR Daily - lists positions in the field of public relations, with links to 500 PR firms.

Internet News Bureau - provides resources and links to online job banks for journalists and writers.

PRWeek Jobs - lists positions in the field of public relations.

Showbizjobs - lists positions in the film, television, recording, multimedia, an attraction job markets.

Media Bistro - provides resources and job postings in journalism.

TVSPY -lists information and resources for the television industry, with an opportunity to post your resume.

Writers Write - an online job board for individuals with skills in written communication.

The Write Job

Turner Broadcasting System Careers


Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network

Self Publishing


Screen Gems Studios

Film Production Resource Locator

Talent Zoo


Sports & Live Event Jobs

Oregon Association of Broadcasters Job Bank

Speech Communication Jobs

The Best jobs for Communication Majors

Media Jobs

Program Director Jobs


Television announcers/commentators

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Journalismdegree.com - an informational resource for those interested in pursing education and careers options in journalism and communications. Our goal is to gather information and data from trusted and authoritative sources and compile them in an interesting and user friendly format.

What Can I do with a Major in Communications? - CareerThoughts.com has a similar page to this one, which includes career options, expected salary, and job outlook information.

Communication Careers

Career Opportunities with a Communications Degree

Communications Career Field

Career Resources for Creatives

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Become a television reporter

Professional Association Links

National Association of Broadcasters Provides information on professional development in the field of Broadcasting and on memberships and other events as well

Council of Public Relations Firms Career Advice This provides information about this council and how they benefit their members by finding them firms they are qualified to work for

Association of National Advertisers This website provides the guiding principles to become a master in marketing and advertising

The Association of Magazine Media This provides information on research forums for advertising and marketing

The Association for Women in Communications

Society for Technical Communicaiton

Public Relations Society of America

National Communication Association

International Communicaiton Association

Association of American Publishers

Association of Magazine Media

Public Relations Society of America

National Association of Broadcasters

National Writers Union

International Association of Business Communicators

American Copy Editors Society


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