2013 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Holly Simpson


The slight recovery since 2009 in the job market for graduates of the nation's journalism and mass communication programs has stalled. 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 that is in the field of professional communication. Employment tracked on a monthly basis during the November 2013 to May 2014 period was flat. Salaries received by bachelor's degree recipients were unchanged from a year earlier, as, for the most part, were benefits offered.

Master's degree recipients, who make up only about one in 10 of those earning a journalism and mass communications degree, fared slightly better as they entered the job market in 2013 than did graduates a year earlier. Master's degree recipients reported slightly higher levels of employment, but the median salary they reported was exactly the same as last year.

The full report, written by Lee B. Becker and fellow researchers Dr. Tudor Vlad and Holly Simpson was released Aug. 6 at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Montreal, Canada.

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