Career Options

Careers in Communication

  • Organizational management/leadership
  • Government administration
  • Journalism
  • Public relations and public affairs
  • Advertising
  • Social and human services
  • Mediation
  • Communication education
  • International relations
  • Event planning
  • Counseling

Starting Salary*

A communications major’s typical starting salary is $29,857. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $64,315.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with a Communication Studies Degree

  • Producer, KSTP-TV
  • Public Relations Coordinator/Grant Writer, City of Radford, VA
  • Reporter, The Roanoke Times
  • Chief Technical Editor, Randolf Associates, Inc.
  • Assistant Destination Manager for West Africa and Egypt, International Expeditions
  • Manager of New Media, Workplay
  • Stewardship Coordinator, Office of Development, University of South Florida
  • Project Director, Alabama Republican Party
  • Pharmaceutical Rep, Eli Lili
  • Donor Resources Development, American Red Cross
  • Civil Rights Attorney, Loughry & Woelfel
  • Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf, New York State Education Department
  • Human Resources Assistant, U.S. Department of Commerce
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.