What Can I Do With a Major in Communications?

Sample Occupations: The following listings are occupations you can pursue with a Communications Degree. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. There are many careers for which a Communications Degree prepares you. Also note that 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 career@wilson.edu).

Sample Occupations
Advertising director
Book editor
Bookstore manager
Broadcast supervisor
Camera operator
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

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