2000 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates

By

Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Jisu Huh, George Daniels, Joelle Prine, Aswin Punathambekar, Todd Drake, and Gerald M. Kosicki


Abstract

The year 2000 graduates of journalism and mass communication programs entered a very dynamic job market in the months immediately after they left the university. Most of those who wanted jobs found them. Those who took jobs were well compensated in comparison with graduates in the years immediately before them.

The slowdown in the economy as the year ended seems to have had only slight effects on the job market most journalism and mass communication graduates encountered.

More than eight of 10 bachelor's degree recipients in 2000 had at least one job offer when they completed their studies. The actual percentage - 82.4% with at least one job offer - is the highest it has been since the measure was first included in the graduate survey in 1988. The mean number of job offers available to students upon graduation was 2.3 - also the highest level since 1988. (Chart 1).

By October 31, 2000, eight in 10 of the graduates were employed - seven in 10 in full-time positions (Chart 2). The unemployment rate stood at 12.8%. The employment rate is higher and the unemployment rate lower than a year earlier, but the differences are not so great as to rule out chance (sampling error) as the explanation.

If those who were attending university and those not looking for jobs at the time are eliminated from the computation, the employment rate was 90%, with eight in 10 of the graduates holding a full-time job. The unemployment rate was the lowest it has been since the October 31 reference point measure for employment was first used in the graduate survey in 1994. (Chart 3).

The copyrighted full text of the 2000 Graduate Report is available here.

The PDF version of the charts is available here.

The PDF version of the supplement charts and tables is available here.

Click here to view the chart "Salaries Compared."

Click here to view the table "Salaries by Employer Type."