Job Market Recovery Has Stalled, Results Of Annual Surveys of Journalism & Mass Communication Indicate

The slight recovery since 2009 in the job market for graduates of the nation's journalism and mass communication programs has stalled.

From left to right: Dr. Lee Becker, Ms. Holly Simpson, and Dr. Tudor Vlad at the AEJMC 2014 Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada.

Bachelor's degree recipients from journalism and mass communication programs around the country in 2013 reported the same level of job offers as a year earlier, the same level of employment as did 2012 graduates, and the same level of success in finding work in the field of professional communication.

Master's degree recipients fared slightly better as they entered the job market in 2013 than did graduates a year earlier. Although the master's degree recipients reported slightly higher levels of employment, the median salary they reported was exactly the same as last year.

University of Georgia researchers released these findings from the Annual Surveys of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates on Aug. 6 at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The meeting is being held at the Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Canada.

Researchers Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad and Holly Simpson reported that despite the problems in the job market, two-thirds of the bachelor's degree recipients reported satisfaction with their career choice, six out of 10 said they were prepared for the job market, and seven in 10 reported that their college coursework provided the skills needed in today's workplace.

The Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates is designed to monitor the employment rates and salaries of graduates of journalism and mass communication programs in the United States, including Puerto Rico, in the year after graduation.

Becker has directed the survey since 1987, and since 1997 the survey has operated from the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Becker is the director of the Cox International Center and Vlad is associate director of the Center. Simpson is a graduate student in the Center.

The copyrighted text of the 2013 Graduate Report with charts is available here.

For the preliminary report on the 2013 Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Enrollments, click here.

For a copy of the report, Doctoral Programs in Communication: Updated Report for 2011-2012 Graduates, click here.

Executive Summaries for all three reports are here.