A wealth of opportunities are available for communication graduates, who typically follow one of three paths upon earning their degree:  seek professional employment, pursue a graduate or doctoral degrees, or take part in internships to enhance their resume or in hope of finding long-term employment with a preferred company.    

Employment

Because communication knowledge and skills are valuable across all aspects of human endeavor, our graduates find career alternatives in a wide variety of industries and organizations. Below is sample of actual positions held by our graduates, selected to show the breadth of opportunities available.  

Sample Careers of Communication Graduates*

Director Marketing Communications
Google
Social Media/Public Relations Manager,
Nobel Communications
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court, San Diego, CA
CEO,
American Heart Association
Trainer
Dale Carnegie Training
Director of Speech and Debate Team,
Texas A&M University
Senior Buyer,
Zulily
Vice President of Strategy Development,
Quicken Loans, Inc.
President
Southeastern Illinois College 
Product Generation Analyst
Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co.
Certified Speaking
Professional/Author
A Dynamic Speaker
Customer Representative for
Japan Airlines
The Boeing Company
Recruitment Leader
Apple, Inc.
Marketing Manager
Eddie Bauer
Director of Florida Operations
The Detroit Tigers
Senior Copywriter, 
TBWA-G1
Organizational Development Manager
Michigan Mutual, Inc.
Professional Speaker/Owner
Tami Evans - Speaker
President/Attorney,
Law Offices of Henry J. Clark, Jr. P.C. 
Director of Student Life
Indiana University - South Bend
Global Director of Purchasing
Alcoa, Inc.
Trust Officer
Olde Second National Bank
Marketing Analyst
Federal-Mogul Corporation
Community Liaison, 
Hewlett Packard Company
President/CEO
Children's Hospital of
Michigan Foundation
Marketing Communications
Manager,
 
Steelcase, Inc.
Dean/Vice-Provost
Grand Valley State University 
Human Capital Officer
USA Financial
President,
Town and Country Title Agency
Director,
Art Reach of Mid Michigan
Media Buying Coordinator,
Kelly Scott Madison Media Agency
Professor
Monmouth College

**Information taken from self-reported CMU alumni records of students with a major or minor in Communication or related fields in June of 2017. Listed graduates may have pursued additional education or specialized training to qualify for their positions. 

Communication graduates also have opportunities in such fields as the ministry, travel and hospitality, retail, and more.  


CAREER STATISTICS
The information below was sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics with wage estimates from 2016.  In depth information on each position is available through the included links.  

Occupation​# Jobs in 2014Mean WagesGrowth through ​2024
Public Relations and Social Media
Specialists
240,700​$58,020
yearly
+6%
(Average)
Public Relations and Fund Raising
Managers
​​65,800​$107,320
yearly​
​+7%
(Above avg.)
Advertising, Promotions and
Marketing Managers
225,200$127,560
yearly
+9%
(Above avg.)
Marketing Research Analyst495,500$62,500
yearly
+19%
(Far above avg.)
Training and Development
Specialists
252,600​$59,020
yearly
+7%
(Average)
Educational Administrators
(​Post-Secondary)
252,600$​90,760
yearly
+9%
(Above avg.)
Teacher (Post Secondary)1,313,000$75,430
yearly
+13% (Far
above avg.)
Human Resources Specialists 482,000$59,180
yearly
+5%
(Average)
Human Resources Managers122,500$106,910
yearly
+9%
(Above avg.)
Customer Service Representatives2,581,800$32,300
yearly
​+10%
(Above avg.)
Sales Managers376,300$117,960
yearly
+5%
(Average)
Financial Analysts277,600$81,760
yearly
+12%
(Above avg.)
Financial Managers555,900$121,750
yearly
+7%
(Average)
Lawyers778,700$118,160
yearly
+6%
(Average)

Salary progression and job satisfaction

For students who've earned a Bachelor of Arts with a Communication major, Payscale.com rates job satisfaction as extremely high (5 out of 5), and reports salary progression as follows: 

Salary by years experience

Years experienceAverage Salary
- 4 years$43,503​
5 - 9 years$55,879
10 - 19 years$76,564
20 years or more$105,786
* updated August 7, 2017


Graduate Education Opportunities

Recent CMU Communication graduates have continued their educational pursuit by entering doctoral or masters programs at respected programs across the nation, including:    

  • Texas A&M University
  • Arizona State University
  • George Mason University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Kansas
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Utah
  • Bowling Green State University
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Georgia

Internships

Numerous students undertake internships each year in areas including:  Customer Service, Media Design and Brand Management, Website Design, Sales Representative, Event Planning, Social Media Management, Legislative Intern, Fund Raising, Customer Relations, Marketing Events Coordinator, Human Resources Assistant, Community Outreach, Training, Online Marketing, Social Media Liaison, Survey Research, Market Research and Analysis, and Teaching Assistant.

The following companies and organizations have hosted our interns in recent years: 

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Walt Disney World
  • Michigan Governor and Senate Offices
  • Warner Brothers Records
  • Fiat Chrysler
  • Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour
  • Michigan Special Olympics
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • United Way
  • The Palace at Auburn Hills