Radio, Television, & Digital Communication

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
17,036
growing 5.49%
Average Wage
$74,721
growing 2.32%
People in Workforce
2.26M
growing 3.71%
Average Employee Age
40.2
growing 0.447%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Radio, Television, & Digital Communication degree recipients are New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Savannah, GA. The locations with a relatively high number of Radio, Television, & Digital Communication degree recipients are Valley View, OH, Norwood, OH, and Whitehall, OH. The most common degree awarded to students studying Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication and the types of students that study this field. New York University awards the most degrees in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication in the US, but Carolina School of Broadcasting and Colorado Media School have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication.

Tuition costs for Radio, Television, & Digital Communication majors are, on average, $0 for in-state public colleges, and $0 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Radio, Television, & Digital Communication programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (223 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (9,208 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication, is Public, 4-year or above (9,208 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Radio, Television, & Digital Communication programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

New York University has the most Radio, Television, & Digital Communication degree recipients, with 600 degrees awarded in 2020.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Radio, Television, & Digital Communication programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Carolina School of Broadcasting has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication, with 100%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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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 $74,721 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Marketing managers.

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

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.
$74,721
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,244
2.32%
1 Year Growth
± 2.32%

The average salary for Communications majors is $74,721 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Marketing managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.

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

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

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Communications majors working as News analysts, reporters, and journalists, Public relations specialists, and Public relations and fundraising managers.

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Highest Paid

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.

The highest paid occupations by median income for Communications majors are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, and Physicians.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.
2.26M
2020 Workforce
± 36,591
3.71%
1 Year Growth
± 2.23%

The number of Communications graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.71%, from 2.17M in 2019 to 2.26M in 2020.

The largest single share of Communications graduates go on to work as Other managers (4.74%). 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

Most Common

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.
2.26M
2020 Workforce
± 36,591
3.71%
1 Year Growth
± 2.23%

The number of Communications graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.71%, from 2.17M in 2019 to 2.26M in 2020.

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

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.

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 40.2.

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 (8,434 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.
40.2
Average Age in 2020
± 0.198 Years
0.447%
1 Year Change
± 0.701%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Communications. The most common ages of employees with this major are 26 and 28 years old, which represent 3.38% and 3.35% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.

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

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (52.5%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    8,434 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    3,118 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    2,318 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Radio, Television, & Digital Communication for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Female
    3,072 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,961 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,077 degrees awarded

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

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Radio, Television, & Digital Communication is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    16,079 degree recipients
  2. Philippines
    12,725 degree recipients
  3. India
    12,409 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Antigua & Barbuda
    7.87 times more than expected
  2. Australia
    4.37 times more than expected
  3. Venezuela
    4.11 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Antigua & Barbuda that hold Communications degrees (7.87 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 (16,079 degree recipients).

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