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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Communication



The Department of Communication emphasizes the study of the nature, diversity, and impact of communication on the evolution of the individual, group and institutions within society. Attention is given to theoretical perspectives on the nature of communication as a process involving messages, meanings and media; investigation of the variety of ways in which communication is practiced in everyday life; and evaluation and analysis of the outcome that differing communicative choices entail for individuals and institutions.

The undergraduate major program provides a broad, theory-based education and allows for concentration in a specific area, such as Public Relations, Health Communication, Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication, Mediated Communication, Organizational Communication, and Telecommunication Processes and Policies. Coursework in the Department is also useful for students whose primary interests are in such fields as Political Science, Computer Science, Management, Psychology, English, Journalism, or Sociology. For more departmental information go to

Communication graduates find opportunities in a wide variety of careers in business, education, government and the Nonprofit sectors. Skills in verbal and written communication are one of the most sought after characteristics employers look for when hiring. Radio and TV, advertising and public relations, publishing, sales, and financial services are but a few of the many areas in which these graduates find employment. Any work that involves communicating as its focal point is a potential career field. The communications industry is a competitive one, however, and experience is a must.

While most graduates work in a related occupation, others choose different directions. Experience allows many to progress without further education. However, an advanced degree can offer an edge, particularly with larger corporations. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Advertising Copywriter Floor Mgr. Product Promotion Writer
Announcer Foreign Relations Officer Production Editor
Assoc. Publisher Fundraiser Public Administrator
Audience Analyst Human Resources Specialist Public Affairs Director
Book Designer Human Rights Officer Public Information Officer
Broadcast Station Mgr. Labor Relations Specialist Public Opinion Researcher
Communication Trainer Lobbyist Public Relations Manager
Community Relations Director Market Analyst Publications Advisor
Community Relations Liaison Marketing Specialist Publicity Mgr.
Consumer Advocate Media Analyst Reporter
Corporate Public Affairs Specialist Media Buyer Research & Editorial Specialist
Counselor Media Planner Sales Representative
Creative Dir. Media Relations Manager Speech Instructor
Customer Relations Rep Mediator Staff Consultant
Dir. of Corporate Communication Mgr. Investment Relations Technical Director
Disc Jockey News Anchor Television Specialist
Editorial Dir. News Supervisor Transmitter Engineer
Film Dir. Perfumer Writer/Author
Film Producer Press Secretary .
Film Tape Librarian Producer .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Book/Magazine Publishers Health Organizations Museums
Community Organizations Hospitals Pharmaceutical Companies
Educational Institutions Investment Firms Professional Associations
Entertainment Firms Labor Unions Radio Stations
Film Companies Libraries Retail Stores
Financial Institutions Magazines/Newspapers Telecommunications Firms
Health Maintenance Organizations Management consulting firms Television/Radio Stations


Government Agencies
Cultural Affairs Agencies National Archives & Records Administration U.S. Information Agency
Department of Labor National Endowment for the Humanities Voice of America
Library of Congress Public Health Service .
NITA Small Business Administration .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
90.3 The Core Public Affairs Intern

90.3 The Core-WVPH FM Public Affairs Intern

ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Intern - Reg 9 NY

Alice + Olivia Public Relations Intern

Alison Brod Public Relations Lifestyle Intern

American Diabetes Association Special Events Intern

American Public Education Foundation American Public Education Foundation Intern

American Standard Marketing Intern

American Standard Brands Marketing Intern

Arise News Intern

Arise News Intern

Astor + Blue Editions Editorial/Marketing Intern

Atlantic Records Video Promotion Intern

Atlantic Records International Marketing Intern

Atlantic Records Publicity Intern

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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Communication
Organization Job Title
Accenture Consulting Analyst

Aetna Underwriter

Assoc. of Am. Medical Colleges Applicant Relations Specialist

Beckerman Public Relations Account Executive

Black & Decker Corp. Field Marketing Coordinator

C.R. Bard, Inc. Corporate Marketing Administrator

Catholic Charities Recruiter

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Manager

Exact Advertising Sales Analyst

Greater Media Promotions Assistant

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Communication
ABC News Assoc. Dir

AT&T Int'l. Marketing Communications Mgr

Advantage Human Resourcing Human Resources Dir

American Red Cross Regional Development Mgr

Andreoni & Associates Communication Consultant

Aramark Recruitment Mgr

Asbury Park Press Copy Editor

Best Food Baking Groups Human Resources Specialist

Cahners Travel Group Dir. of Industry Alliances & Comm. Relations

Casio, Inc. Human Resources Mgr

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
American University JD Int'l. Family Law

Boston University PhD Public Relations

Rutgers University MA Public Administration

Rutgers University PhD Communication

Shippensburg University MA Communication

Villanova University

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