Survey Shows Improvement in Job Market For Journalism Grads
New information suggests that the job market for journalism and mass communication graduates have shown signs of continued improvement in 2012 and 2013. This may mean that some of the worst experiences in regards to the quality of the market are now in the past. Those who are earning bachelor's degrees from mass communication and journalism programs are reporting higher salaries than what they had experienced a year earlier. The amount of increase has help to offset the overall impact of the low inflation throughout the country.
Of course, the improvements in the job market have not been international. Master's degree recipients have reported difficulty in finding work. They also reported that they had the same average salary as a year ago. The information was released from the Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates during the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Researchers reported that just fewer than three out of four of those who earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and mass communication in the spring of 2012 had a job upon graduation.
By October 31st, which was the benchmark date for comparison year to year, 56 percent of the bachelor's degree recipients had a full time job. This is up slightly from 53 percent a year earlier. The rate of employment had improved in the months after graduation and 66 percent of the graduates had reported being able to have a full time job around six to eight months after graduation. Bachelor's degree recipients were more likely to have found a job in the field of communication than a year earlier. 60 percent of them were employed six to eight months after graduation.
Unfortunately, those earning master's degrees in journalism and mass communication during 2012 had no improvement in the job market compared with what was previously experienced by graduates in the year before. "The job market for journalism and mass communication graduates in 2012 was not much improved from the year before, but the movement was in the right direction, at least for those who earned a bachelor's degree," the report noted. The Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates is specifically designed to monitor the employment rates and the salaries of graduates in journalism and mass communication programs throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Ultimately, the results of the survey reflect a lot of good news for those who are interested in getting into journalism and making it their career. Previously, many people were wondering if a career in journalism was still worth the amount of effort and money it took to earn the degree. However, the survey reflects that there are more jobs available for those who are completing their bachelor's degree and that there's a strong amount of likelihood that these individuals will be able to attain a job directly after graduation.