UAB students walking through a campus park on the way to classes. “What can I do with a Communication Studies degree?” This is one of the most frequent (and important!) questions that you likely have. The short answer is: almost anything you want! Having broad and deep knowledge of communication prepares you for virtually any profession, as “communication skills” are consistently reported as the number one attribute corporate recruiters look for when interviewing and hiring prospective employees.

The longer answer to this question is that our majors graduate and successfully gain employment in well over a hundred different industries, in both the private and public sectors, and in both profit and non-profit organizations. Our graduates run the public relations departments of major hospitals, create health campaigns for governmental agencies, produce copy for news- and web-casts, and travel the country and world as sales representatives for major corporations. Below is a small sampling of some of the professions our majors go into:

  • Manager
  • Personnel Recruiter
  • Human Resources
  • Training and Development
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Sales Representative
  • Public Information Officer
  • Negotiator
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Event Coordinator
  • Mediator
  • Buyer Chief
  • Executive Officer
  • Economic Development
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Producer
  • Writer
  • Copy Writer
  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Newscaster
  • Author
  • Script Writer
  • News Service Researcher
  • Technical Writer
  • Acquisitions Editor
  • Media Interviewer
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Copy Writer
  • Account Executive
  • Manager
  • Media Planner
  • Media Buyer
  • Creative Director
  • Media Sales Representative
  • Public Researcher
  • Publicity Manager
  • Advertising Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Account Executive
  • Development Officer
  • Sales Manager
  • Media Analyst
  • Media Planner
  • Creative Director
  • News Writer
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Event Management/Consulting
  • Public Opinion Researcher
  • Nonprofit Event Specialist
  • Station Manager
  • Director of Broadcasting
  • Film/Tape Librarian
  • Community Relations Director
  • Unit Manager
  • News Writer
  • Advertising Sales
  • Market Researcher
  • Announcer Producer
  • Business Manager
  • Communication
  • Mass Communication
  • Public Health
  • Law/Business
  • Health-related Professions

How We Help You

The faculty in the Department of Communication Studies take preparing you for your future very seriously. You will receive hands-on training for your future professions in many of our classes, such as Presentational Skills (CMST 101), Newswriting and Reporting (CMST 210), or Conducting Public Relations Campaigns (CMST 442). Classes such as Communications and Teamwork (CMST 310), Organizational Communication (CMST 311), Communicaiton Leadership and Management (CMST 315) and Interviewing (CMST 309) are specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the workplace. In fact, you’ll find that most of our curriculum has a strong, practical emphasis that prepares you for the communication challenges that lie ahead.

Where Should You Start?

Start your search here at UAB. To talk about professional opportunities in Communications, make an appointment with Jacquelyn S. Shaia. You can email or call (205) 934-3877.

Career and Professional Development Services has job and internship listings, job fairs, resume builders, and many more resources for UAB students. We recommend that you take advantage of all that they have to offer.

There are plenty of other websites that can help you with your career search. Start with one of these:
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