A master’s degree in communication can help you to learn effective communication skills in many mediums and how to use them in practical applications. Additionally, if you have an interest such as the environment, politics, entrepreneurship or health, you can use your communications skills in any one of those markets. The following list of 33 unique and interesting career paths for a graduate with a master’s degree in communications can help you think outside the box when it comes to earning money after you earn that degree.
Advertising and Marketing
- Advertising Sales: Build your own business by offering various programs, placemats and other items for sale around town. Sell spaces in those items to businesses and pocket the profit.
- Desktop Publishing: Use your advertising skills to format a newsletter for businesses, or for your own profit on a topic you know well (like communications!) and sell ads to keep the publication profitable.
- Lobbyist: This job is a form of marketing, as lobbyists must be adept at the art of persuasion.
- Market Researcher: help companies understand what types of products people wanH, determine who will buy them and at what price by gathering statistical data on competitors and examining prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.
- Personal Branding: You can pull a Dan Schawbel and build a reputation as a personal branding expert. This job consists of being interviewed, interviewing, building a social media following and handing out advice (you become the brand).
- Speech Writer: Speechwriters often have a broad understanding of basic economics, political roles and policy issues and the ability to “translate” complex economic and policy issues into a clear message for the general public.
- Campaign Manager: Although many people associate campaign management with politics, nonprofit and for-profit businesses also require campaign managers to promote various fundraising, membership or volunteer drives.
- Community Relations Manager: This manager creates and maintains a favorable public image for a community project or development.
- Freelance PR Consultant: The biggest job responsibility of a public relations consultant is to make his or her clients as well known and positively viewed in the community as possible. If you have the media and people contacts, you can go solo in this career.
- National Information Officer: Otherwise known as public information officers, spokespersons, government spokespersons and government communicators in media relations, public affairs, community affairs and public relations.
- Nonprofit Communications: Depoending upon the size and scope of the organization, you might snag a job in this field. Beware that you may wear three hats, including fundraising, recruitment and marketing.
- Risk Management: If you have a gift for mitigating disaster through communications, you might go for a job that entails building trust and credibility.
- Tour Guide: Tour guides often provide information at religious and historical sites, museums and other venues of significant interest. However, you might take this career to another level by planning, marketing and advertising tours for tourists.
- Booking Agent: If you enjoy meeting and working with other creative talents, you can find jobs for actors, authors, film directors, musicians, models, producers, professional athletes, writers and other people in various entertainment businesses and make a profit at this work.
- Event Planner: Much like the project director (see below), an event planner spends time planning events, managing people, sticking to timelines and meeting deadlines.
- Human Resources: Human resources is a function within an organization charged with the overall responsibility for implementing strategies and policies relating to the management of individuals.
- Mediator: If you’re a creative communicator, then a job resolving conflicts might be in your future. This job demands a person with excellent reasoning, problem-solving, and peace-making abilities.
- Personnel Recruiter: Seek out, interview, and screen applicants to fill existing and future job openings and promote career opportunities within an organization.
- Personnel Specialist: If you think you might enjoy handling employee issues surrounding employment (compensation, benefits, records, performance reviews, grievances, health, retirement, recruitment and more), this job reports to human resources directors in criminal justice and in many other fields.
- Project Director: Project managers can have the responsibility of the planning, execution, and closing of any project, typically relating to construction industry, architecture, computer networking, telecommunications, software development or in any field that requires management of people, timelines and deadlines.
- Recruiter: No matter if you pick a college, military, corporate entity or retail for your choice of focus…use your persuasive skills and advertising know-how to recruit students, employees, trainees or volunteers for any organization.
- Theater Manager: Movie or acting venues are in hard times right now, but with your communication skills and advertising and marketing capabilities, you may take a theater in a new direction and become successful.
- Youth Worker: You have options of religion-based or secular groups that can transform a community if the youth are guided as business interns.
- Business Development Officer: This person is expected to have a broad and comprehensive knowledge of all matters related to the business of the organization with an eye towards identifying new sales perspectives and driving business growth and requirements for product development.
- Diplomat: Use your communications skills as a person who represents and protects the interests and nationals of the sending state, as well as the promotion of information and friendly relations.
- Grant Writer: Work for an agency or go freelance as an entrepreneur to build a career as a grant writer. Organizations that often require the services of a grant writer include non-profits, community-based organizations and universities.
- Media Critic: Also known as an art critic, you can develop a reputation for astute criticism of the arts, including movies, plays and television shows.
- Media Literacy: Take on the role of an educator as you teach people how to ask questions about what they watch, hear, and read. This skill enables people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and forms.
- Mental Health Professional: Many communications specialists lean toward health care with their skills. One venue for a career includes professions such as psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselors and nurses.
- Politician: Instead of working for corporations, you can work as a chief executive or legislator for the nation. The difficult part is becoming elected, so use your skills as a communications specialist to get this job done, and then to keep your job or to move up this career ladder.
- Private Investigator: Private detectives and investigators offer many services, including executive, corporate, and celebrity protection; pre-employment verification; and individual background profiles. Use your skills to connect clues to uncover facts about legal, financial, or personal matters.
- Talk Show Host: No matter the medium — television, radio or Web, you can host your own show or a show for an employer that can be interesting, persuasive or unbiased, and in character with the production. Good interviewing skills and the ability to carry a conversation are important.
- Urban and Regional Planners: Help local officials develop long- and short-term plans for the use of land and the growth and revitalization of urban, suburban, and rural communities and the region in which they are located.