2005 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Maria Tucker, and Renée Pelton


The job market for journalism and mass communication graduates continued to improve in 2005,
suggesting that full recovery from the sharp declines in the market after 2000 is underway.

Graduates reported more job interviews and more job offers in 2005 than a year earlier. The
graduates also were more likely to land full-time jobs.

Salaries also increased, though just enough to keep up with inflation. Benefits packages
improved, largely through a sharing of costs between the employer and the employee.

The improvements in the job market cut across market segments, with even those graduates
seeking jobs in the “old” media enjoying success.

Nearly all of the 2005 journalism and mass communication bachelor’s degree recipients in 2005
who looked for work had at least one in-person job interview in 2005 (Chart 1). The actual figure was
95.9%, up from 92.7% in 2004 and 85.4% in 2002. Only a very small percentage of graduates in 2005
reported no interviews at all.

For the second year in a row, the percentage of journalism and mass communication bachelor’s
degree recipients reporting at least one job offer on graduation increased in 2005 (Chart 2).Threequarters
of the graduates said they had at least one concrete job offer when they left the university, compared with 69.6% a year earlier. Growth over the last two years has been more than 10 percentage points.

The copyrighted full text of the 2005 Graduate Report is available here.