Communications

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
122,154
growing 1.31%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,264
declining 1.32%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$32,500
growing 2.82%
Average Wage
$74,826
growing 3.4%
People in Workforce
2.35M
growing 3.42%
Average Employee Age
40.3
growing 0.498%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Communications degree recipients are New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Boston, MA. The locations with a relatively high number of Communications degree recipients are Valley View, OH, Norwood, OH, and Whitehall, OH. The most common degree awarded to students studying Communications is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Communications and the types of students that study this field. The University of Texas at Austin awards the most degrees in Communications in the US, but Carolina School of Broadcasting and Illinois Media School have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Communications.

Tuition costs for Communications majors are, on average, $7,264 for in-state public colleges, and $32,500 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Communications programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (762 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (78,403 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Communications, is Public, 4-year or above (78,403 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Communications programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,264
Median In-State Public
$32,500
Median Out of State Private

The University of Texas at Austin has the most Communications degree recipients, with 1,231 degrees awarded in 2019.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Communications.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Communications programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Carolina School of Broadcasting and Illinois Media School have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Communications, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Communications

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Communications by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Communications.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Communications graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Communications majors is $74,826 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Marketing managers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

The industry that employs the most Communications majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$74,826
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,217
3.4%
1 Year Growth
± 2.26%

The average salary for Communications majors is $74,826 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Marketing managers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Communications majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Communications majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

The most common occupations Communications majors, by number of employees, are Other managers, Marketing managers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Occupations by Share

2.35M
2019 Workforce
± 37,327
3.42%
1 Year Growth
± 2.19%

The number of Communications graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.42%, from 2.27M in 2018 to 2.35M in 2019.

The largest single share of Communications graduates go on to work as Other managers (4.83%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Communications by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

2.35M
2019 Workforce
± 37,327
3.42%
1 Year Growth
± 2.19%

The number of Communications graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.42%, from 2.27M in 2018 to 2.35M in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Communications graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Communications.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Communications majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Communications in the United States. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Communications is 40.3, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Communications degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Communications (68,497 students).

Workforce Age

40.3
Average Age in 2019
± 0.195 Years
0.498%
1 Year Change
± 0.689%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Communications. The most common ages of employees with this major are 30 and 28 years old, which represent 3.51% and 3.36% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Communications are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Communications are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (64.2%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Communications.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    68,497 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    19,214 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    14,118 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Communications for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    37,229 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    20,165 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    9,177 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Communications. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    16,326 degree recipients
  2. India
    15,049 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    12,414 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Austria
    6.02 times more than expected
  2. Australia
    4.98 times more than expected
  3. Singapore
    3.96 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Austria that hold Communications degrees (6.02 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (16,326 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Communications field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Communications majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Communications majors need more than the average amount of Writing, Social Perceptiveness, and Persuasion.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Communications majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Writing is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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