Careers in Mass Communications

What Can I Do With a Major in Mass Communications?

Sample Occupations: The following listings are occupations you can pursue with a Mass Communications Degree. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. There are many careers for which a Mass Communications Degree prepares you. Also note that the occupations that require an advanced degree are also listed. For help in identifying more information about the occupations listed below, please visit the Career Development Center, Lenfest 103 and 104 (phone: 717-262-2006 or email

Sample Occupations

Advertising director                                                                                           
Book editor
Bookstore manager                                                                                          
Broadcast supervisor
Camera operator                                                                                              
Children's books author
Children's books illustrator                                                                                
Circulation manager
Communications specialist                                                                                 
Copy editor
Copy writer                                                                                                      
Court reporter                                                                                                  
Darkroom technician                                                                                        
Department editor
Disc jockey                                                                                                      
Dubbing editor
Editorial assistant                                                                                              
Educational affairs director
Electronic publishing specialist                                                                           
Feature writer
Fiction author                                                                                                    
Freelance reporter                                                                                            
Grant writer                                                                                                      
Investigative reporter
Literary agent                                                                                                    
Magazine editor                                                                                                
Media director
Media relations representative                                                                           
News anchor
Newspaper editor                                                                                             
News writer
Nonfiction author                                                                                              
Press secretary
Print production manager                                                                                 
Publications editor
Public information officer                                                                                  
Public relations specialist
Script writer
Station manager                                                                                                
Syndicated columnist                                                                                        
Technical writer                                                                                                
Traffic manager
Wire editor       

Sample Work Settings

Advertising agencies                                                                                          
Book stores
Cable systems                                                                                                  
Editing firms
Educational institutions                                                                                       
Finance industry
Home offices                                                                                                    
Journals and magazines
Literary journal
Marketing firms                                                                                                
Medical industry
Nonprofit associations
Printing presses                                                                                                
Professional organizations
Public relations industry                                                                                    
Publishing companies
Radio stations                                                                                                   
Sports organizations
Television stations                                                                                             
Wire services
Writing firms

(Adapted by permission from the website of the career center at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.)



In addition to moving on to a wide variety of career options, many of our graduates head to graduate school. Listen to a few of them talk about how Wilson prepared them for graduate study.

Meg Oldman graduated from Wilson College with a major in English in 2008. While at the college, she completed Honors in the major. Meg went on to earn her Master’s in English at Marshall University, where she earned a full teaching assistantship. Meg is currently in the Ph.D. program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Wilson's English Department prepared me for my study in English at Marshall University by holding me to the same standards as the graduate program. My upper level English courses at Wilson challenged my critical thinking and analysis skills in ways that I am finding comparable to my current courses. I was encouraged by my advisor to do both an internship and a thesis which prepared me for a "real world" job and Master's level academic writing. Presentations, which were required in most courses, also made me realize that I wanted to teach at the collegiate level and helped me get my Teaching Assistantship, which is paying my full tuition and affording me a generous yearly stipend. The selection of courses available in the program at Wilson appeals to many tastes, but is also specific enough to allow the student to pursue an emphasis in certain genres and periods of literature. These selections allowed me to find my interest in Medieval Literature, which is what my M.A. will be in, but gave me breadth in several different subjects. I am sincerely grateful for the education and preparation the English Department gave me.

–Meg Oldman BA ‘08

An international student from Japan, Satoko completed a second degree in English with a concentration in writing in 2008. After graduation, Satoko completed her MA at Millersville University earned an assistantship at the Children's Literature Center at Millersville University.

My current graduate study program is Social Work, which seems totally different from my second undergraduate program, English. However, my studies at Wilson certainly prepared me for the Master’s of Social Work program. I am demonstrating great ability as an imaginative writer in analyzing scholarly papers and creating social welfare programs to focus on what these programs will accomplish.
Whenever I read a scholarly paper, I imagine what kind of person the author is, what his or her purpose is, and who his or her target readers are. This habit, which was developed while studying at Wilson, helps me understand what the author is trying to say and analyze the author’s ideas.  
     Moreover, when creating social programs, imaginative ability is necessary to meet different client population's needs. A social worker needs to suppose he or she is in each client's place and create the social practice to help the client achieve social justice.

A social worker needs to be a scientist and an artist. My studies with the Wilson College English department helped me become a thoughtful scientist and an imaginative artist.

–Satoko Unno, BA ‘08

Want to learn more about these and other Department graduates? Visit our “See What Our Graduates Are Up To” page to see what they did after graduation.