What Can I Do With a Communication Studies Degree?

In an increasingly globalized world, Communication majors are positioned for success in a variety of industries. What skills do Communication majors have in their tool belt upon graduation?

  • The ability to communicate effectively with others and work in a team
  • Fundamental concepts on presentation
  • Problem solving skills that is grounded in the ability to think critically and create novel solutions
  • Research and in-depth investigative skills

Industries Communication graduates excel in (but are not limited to):

  • Advertising
  • Community Development
  • Cultural and environmental resource management
  • Forensics
  • Human Resources
  • Human rights and social justice advocacy
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Market research
  • Museums
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Tourism 

A few or the job titles held by UCLA Communication Studies graduates:

  • Executive Producer
  • Social Media Analyst
  • Media Planner
  • Sports Information Director
  • Communications Director
  • President and CEO
  • Media Consultant
  • Copywriter
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Advertising Manager
  • News Photographer
  • Speech Writer
  • Journalist 

Additional transferable skills you can add to your resume:

  • Evaluation skills
  • Time management
  • Experimental design
  • Critical thinking
  • Data analysis
  • Report writing
  • Testing theories
  • Research and investigation
  • Synthesizing information
  • Design and planning
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication
  • Problem solving

Don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few people who have done well with a Communication degree:

  • Jeff Arnold, Founder of WebMD
  • Bob Iger, CEO and Chairman of The Walt Disney Company
  • James Gandolfini, Jr., Actor
  • Shelton Jackson (Spike) Lee, Director, Producer, Writer, Actor
  • Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks
  • Stephan Colbert, Host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Connie Chung, Journalist
  • Bob Costas, Sportscaster for NBC Sports

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