2011 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Konrad Kalpen


The job market for graduates of the nation's journalism and mass communication programs showed signs of improvements in 2011, continuing the trend from a year earlier. But the gains were modest, and 2011 graduates faced job prospects still much more limited than did graduates four years earlier.

The 2011 graduates were more likely to report having a job upon graduation, more likely to report having a full-time job, and more likely to be working in communication than were graduates a year earlier. While most graduates reported having an in-person job interview, the percentage was unchanged from a year ago.

Graduates landing a full-time job reported slightly higher salaries than did graduates a year earlier, but the gain just slightly beat the rate of inflation, and the improvement in salaries was the first reported by bachelor's degree recipients since 2006. Because of inflation, the 2011 graduates actually earned significantly less than did the 2006 graduates in inflation-adjusted dollars. For the most part, graduates reported benefits packages in 2011 comparable to those reported in 2010.

Graduates in 2011 with a job were no more likely than graduates of a year earlier to report that they selected their job because it allowed them to meet career goals, but they were more likely to report being satisfied with the job held. Graduates were just slightly more likely to report being satisfied with the career choice.

The full report, written by Lee B. Becker and fellow researchers Dr. Tudor Vlad and Konrad Kalpen, was released Aug 9 at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Chicago.

The copyrighted text of the 2011 Graduate Report with black and white charts is available here.

The copyrighted text of the 2011 Graduate Report with color charts is available here.