Updated: 09/12/2016

 

Finding A Job Today

 

The Future Brightens for

Broadcast Communication Majors

Although you might think that the broadcasting field has far too many applicants for the jobs available,  if you include the Internet and allied services this field is still considered a major growth industry. 

" Some consider this era the new golden age of television. Excluding the hundreds of reality shows, there were almost 400 scripted series on TV last year, a significant increase from the year before. "
 

Television has moved from broadcasting to large homogeneous audiences to varieties of narrowcasting or programming aimed at specific audience interests.

No longer are most programs viewed on a family TV in the middle of the loving room, but now with a variety of personal viewing options including cell phones.

Consequently, network and local station audiences have been decreasing off while specialized programming has been expanding.

The Education Factor

One thing that hasn't changed is educational preparation -- especially if you want to move up in your field. Even so, if you are interested in the highest paying fields, broadcast will not be among them.

Although salary is not -- or should not be -- your first consideration in job satisfaction, it definitely ranks among the top considerations, especially if your college education puts you into serious debt. (Most students have to go into debt to finance their college educations.) 

You will note from below (based on 20014 data) that broadcast communications is not among the top ten paying fields in the United States. The top ten that year were:

1. Petroleum Engineering
Staring median salary: $103,000
Mid-career median salary: $160,000

2. Actuarial Mathematics:
Starting median salary: $58,700
Mid-career median salary: $120,0000

3. Nuclear Engineering
Starting median salary: $67,600
Mid-career median salary: $117,000

4. Chemical Engineering
Starting median salary: $68,200
Mid-career median salary: $115,000

5. Aerospace Engineering
Starting median salary: $62,800
Mid-career median salary: $109,000

6. Electrical Engineering
Starting median salary: $64,300
Mid-career median salary: $106,000

7. Computer Engineering
Starting median salary: $65,300
Mid-career median salary: $106,000

8. Computer Science
Starting median salary: $59,800
Mid-career median salary: $102,000

9. Physics
Starting median salary: $53,100
Mid-career median salary: $101,000

10. Mechanical Engineering
Starting median salary: $60,900
Mid-career median salary: $99,700

Notice that all of the above require college degrees or even  advanced degrees.
 

Preparing For Your First Job

Although your school's placement office should be your first stop in looking for a job, we have assembled a list of job placement agencies which contain thousands of job listings. Be careful of agencies that want money "up front" or that require salary kickbacks.

There are numerous on-line schools that have the advantage of letting your work at home and generally being much more economical than campus schools. This link will take you to a site that lists dozens of on-line schools.


There is detailed advice on getting and holding onto a job here


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