Speech Communication & Rhetoric

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

42,697

growing 3.09%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,518

growing 0.742%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$29,940

growing 2.6%

Average Wage

$70,369

growing 4.61%

People in Workforce

2.16M

growing 3.39%

Average Employee Age

40

growing 0.125%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Speech Communication & Rhetoric degree recipients are Los Angeles, CA, Fullerton, CA, and New York, NY. The locations with a relatively high number of Speech Communication & Rhetoric degree recipients are Selinsgrove, PA, Bethany, WV, and White Oak, PA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Speech Communication & Rhetoric is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Speech Communication & Rhetoric and the types of students that study this field. California State University-Fullerton awards the most degrees in Speech Communication & Rhetoric in the US, but Lasell College and Susquehanna University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Speech Communication & Rhetoric.

Tuition costs for Speech Communication & Rhetoric majors are, on average, $6,518 for in-state public colleges, and $29,940 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Speech Communication & Rhetoric programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (385 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (29,369 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Speech Communication & Rhetoric

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Speech Communication & Rhetoric, is Public, 4-year or above (29,369 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,518

Median In-State Public

$29,940

Median Out of State Private

California State University-Fullerton has the most Speech Communication & Rhetoric degree recipients, with 852 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Speech Communication & Rhetoric programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Lasell College and Susquehanna University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Speech Communication & Rhetoric, with 20.3% and 14%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Speech Communication & Rhetoric

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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 $70,369 and the most common occupations are Miscellaneous managers, Marketing & sales 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 Other transportation equipment manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$70,369

Average Wage in Workforce

± $1,203

4.61%

1 Year Growth

± 2.32%

The average salary for Communications majors is $70,369 and the most common occupations are Miscellaneous managers, Marketing & sales managers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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Occupations

Most Common

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

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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 & correspondents, Public relations specialists, and Advertising & promotions managers.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Communications majors are Physicians & surgeons, Natural sciences managers, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

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2.16M

2017 Workforce

± 35,806

3.39%

1 Year Growth

± 2.29%

The number of Communications graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.39%, from 2.09M in 2016 to 2.16M in 2017.

The largest single share of Communications graduates go on to work as Miscellaneous managers (5.58%). 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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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

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2.16M

2017 Workforce

± 35,806

3.39%

1 Year Growth

± 2.29%

The number of Communications graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.39%, from 2.09M in 2016 to 2.16M in 2017.

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 6 Digit Course Speech Communication & Rhetoric 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 on those who earn a degree in Communications in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Communications is 40, 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 earn the majority (25,188) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Speech Communication & Rhetoric is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.

40

Average Age in 2017

± 0.203 Years

0.125%

1 Year Change

± 0.718%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Communications. The most common ages of employees with this major are 31 and 27 years old, which represent 3.59% and 3.43% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

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

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Workforce Degrees

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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 (65%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    25,188 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    6,362 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    4,145 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Speech Communication & Rhetoric 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

    14,421 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    7,507 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    3,014 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Speech Communication & Rhetoric. 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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Speech Communication & Rhetoric is from the 2 Digit Course Communications.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Mexico

    15,059 degree recipients

  2. Philippines

    13,154 degree recipients

  3. India

    11,063 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Paraguay

    7.04 times more than expected

  2. Venezuela

    4.73 times more than expected

  3. Singapore

    4.42 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Paraguay that hold Communications degrees (7.04 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 (15,059 degree recipients).

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