Careers for Communication Studies Majors

three communication studies alumni

Communication majors find employment in a wide variety of sectors, and possess many of the key skills to create their own jobs, too!

Local entrepreneurs William Gregg (Front Street Fungi), Caitlyn Lewis (Soil Cycle), and Julie Clayton (Basal) each launched directly from their degree in communication studies into businesses they built through their communication skills and passion.  As owners of some of the most thriving young businesses in Missoula, these three UM COMX alums recall conversations among themselves during courses and on class trips considering how they’d put their skills into practice in forging their own futures. 

They have also created an inspiring network of COMX alumni support for one another that has moved outside of the classroom.  William cultivates the mushrooms at Front Street Fungi that he supplies to Julie to cook at her restaurant, Basal.  Caitlyn recycles the substrate from William’s mushroom through Soil Cycle to divert waste and transform it into vital compost for the Missoula community.  The wheel of communication studies connectedness keeps on turning.

It’s not just entrepreneurs who benefit from a degree in Communication Studies, however.  According to a the most recent National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook Survey, employers selected communication as one of the top ten skills they look for in hiring new employees.  A 2019 LinkedIn report named Communication Studies as one of the 10 most versatile college majors.

Mastery of written and spoken communication in both verbal and nonverbal forms constitutes one of the most critical skills required for future occupational success, and it is a skill that many employers report is difficult for them to teach “on the job.”  Communication studies graduates are readily hired in such diverse professions as: public relations officer, marketing analyst, human resources or personnel manager, community mediator, political speech writer, health communication trainer, social services director, and student services coordinator.

Additionally, undergraduate and graduate study can assist the student in pursuing advanced studies for law, the ministry, and higher education. Both B.A. and M.A. students majoring in the Department of Communication Studies are encouraged to take cognate or allied course work in other fields and departments; typical areas for minors and double majors in recent years have included: Human and Family Development, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Anthropology, Business Administration, Education, and Journalism.

For more information on your future career with a Communication Studies Degree, read the National Communication Association’s “Why Study Communication? Pathways to Your Future”.