2012 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Holly Simpson, Konrad Kalpen


Just fewer than three out of four of those earning bachelor's degrees in journalism and mass communication had at least one job upon graduation, comparable to what was true a year earlier. By Oct. 31 - the benchmark date for comparison year-to-year - 56.0% of the bachelor's degree recipients had a full-time job, up just slightly from 53.3% a year earlier. The rate of employment improved in the months after graduation, and 65.6% of the graduates reported holding a full-time job roughly six to eight months after graduation.

The level of employment for journalism and mass communication bachelor's degree recipients remained below that of the age cohort of which the graduates are a part. Those earning master's degrees in journalism and mass communication in 2012 saw no improvement in the job market compared with what was experienced by graduates a year earlier.

About a quarter of the bachelor's degree recipients regret that they studied journalism, similar to past graduates, and six in 10 said they felt they were adequately prepared for the job, again, similar to the past. Graduates say overwhelmingly that their coursework and professors were up-to-date.

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

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