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Industries Hiring Communication Graduates

Professional communication is the vehicle to success; employers recognize the importance of communication skills and repeatedly report this as one of the top requirements for new hires and advancement. Students gain the skills and knowledge necessary for both obtaining an entry-level communication position in various fields that relate to communication as well as advancement in their current field.

Industries for Communication Graduates

These industries specialize in communication, making them an ideal employment choice for communication graduates
  • Corporate Training
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Public Relations

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Career Success Starts with a College Degree

Regardless of U.S. labor market conditions one constant holds true: Education boosts earnings and reduces unemployment.

According to the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) the earnings gap between college graduates and those with less education continues to widen. In 2021, median income for recent graduates reached $52,000 a year for bachelor’s degree holders aged 22–27. For high school graduates the same age, median earnings were $30,000 a year.

Those with a bachelor’s degree earn, on average, 75% more over the course of their lifetime.* In addition to increased earning potential, a bachelor’s degree can provide opportunities for promotion or entry into a new career.

*Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce

People with a bachelor’s degree earn on average

more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma

Popular Communication Careers

Training Specialist

National Median Annual Salary
8% growth increase thru 2031
Local Estimated Base Salary
Updated January 2023
Companies for Training Specialists in Kentucky:
eMoney Advisor
FM Global
General Dynamics Information Tech.

Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Sales Manager

National Median Annual Salary
5% growth increase thru 2031
Local Estimated Base Salary
Updated January 2023
Companies for Sales Consultants in Kentucky:
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Fischer Homes

Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Public Relations Specialist

National Median Annual Salary
8% growth increase thru 2031
Local Estimated Base Salary
Updated January 2023
Companies for PR Specialists in Kentucky:
Scribe Media

Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

*National job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook.
*Local job opportunities data is based on estimated base pay and figures from Indeed.com.

Other Communication Careers

  • Corporate Trainer
  • Sales Professional
  • Communications Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • Program Coordinator
  • Relationship Manager
  • Consultant
  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Community Relations Coordinator

EKU Communication Program in the Workforce

Where Have EKU Communication Graduates Worked?
  • Frontier Nursing University
  • University of Louisville
  • Bilingvik
  • Protestant Women of The Chapel
Communication Studies: A Versatile Degree That Sets You Apart

At Eastern Kentucky University, the communication studies program is designed to cultivate students’ interests, strengths and career objectives. All students complete a communication core. Then students choose their remaining credit hours from a robust list of upper division communication courses. The major and minor in communication studies offers students the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a valued asset in a variety of professional and personal contexts. Students that complete the major are recognized for their abilities to foster healthy personal and professional relationships; engage in productive decision-making practices; apply productive problem-solving techniques; identify contexts, situations and barriers that impede communication; communicate in diverse cultural contexts; and collaborate in teams.

EKU Online Career Services

Career planning is tough, but with EKU you don’t have to tackle the process alone.

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs. We offer a variety of services to current online EKU students and alumni to help you with your career development, decision-making and job search.

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