Job Market Showing Signs of Continued Improvement, According to the Annual Surveys of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates

The job market for journalism and mass communication graduates showed signs of improvement in 2012 and 2013, suggesting that the worst in terms of the market is in the past.

Lee Becker, Holly Simpson and Tudor Vlad at the AEJMC Annual Conference.

Those earning bachelors degrees from journalism and mass communication programs around the country reported higher salaries than a year earlier, and the increase offset the impact of the relatively low inflation in the country.

The improvements in the job market were not universal. Master's degree recipients reported difficulty finding work and the same average salary as a year earlier.

University of Georgia researchers released these findings from the Annual Surveys of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication on Aug. 9. The meeting was held at the Renaissance Washington Downtown Hotel.

Researchers Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad and Holly Simpson reported that just fewer than three out of four of those earning bachelor's degrees in journalism and mass communication in the spring of 2012 had at least one job upon graduation, comparable to what was true a year earlier.

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. Konrad Kalpen, who recently completed his graduate studies at the University of Georgia, also contributed to the report.

The copyrighted text of the 2012 Graduate Report with charts is available here.

For the preliminary report on the 2012 Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Enrollments, click here.

For a copy of the report, Doctoral Programs in Communication: Updated Report for 2010-2011 Graduates, click here.

Executive Summaries for all three reports, here.