Department of Communication Possible Careers


According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics , "Employment of media and communication occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, which will result in about 27,400 new jobs. Demand for media and communication occupations should stem from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. The median annual wage for media and communication occupations was $54,780 in May 2016, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040." Communications skills are highly desired by future employers. A degree in Communications opens the door to possible careers in public relations, advertising, journalism, publication, social marketing, broadcasting, visual communications, health communication, pre-law and many more professional and humanities based fields.

Source: "Media and Communication Occupations." Occupational Outlook Handbook. US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. December 17, 2015. Accessed May 18, 2017. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/home.htm"

Recent Graduates:

Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell – graduated 2017

"I chose majors in Business and Communication. Wanting to work in the field of marketing I thought it would be beneficial to further my skills in writing. After graduating from Wheeling Jesuit, I accepted a position at HighRoad Solution as a Client Success Manager who oversees project management, and social media campaigns associated with membership growth and event promotion."


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Michelle Yates – graduated 2017

"I chose Communications as my major because I knew it would offer a variety of choices. My senior Capstone Project was a prospectus paper written on “Why is face-to-face communication appealing in today’s technological world?” The purpose of the study is to explore reasons or relationships within communications that makes people talkative and or reason as to why communicating is appealing, desirable and engaging. With my Communication degree, I started working at Chutes International as an Executive Sales Assistant."


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Matthew DiCenzo – graduated 2017

"I work in the Communications Department for the Diocese of Steubenville as a Staff Writer for the diocesan newspaper, The Steubenville Register, which is a bi-weekly publication covering 13 counties in Southeastern Ohio. I write articles, take photographs, and layout the 12-page newspaper. I am also the Social Media Coordinator for the diocese and manage the diocesan website – www.diosteub.org – which I revamped and built. I was hired by the Steubenville Diocese before I even graduated; this is mainly because of the skills I learned at Wheeling Jesuit University. My Communication classes, especially the ones related to my job – Fundamental Reporting, Digital Photography and Social Media and Society – helped me develop skills that I will take with me throughout my career. These classes at WJU comprised of real-life experiences, which enabled me to provide examples of my work when I interviewed for my job. Without these experiences, I am not sure I would have been provided the opportunity."


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Cassandra Holstein – graduated 2018

"I originally chose communication as my major because of the diversity in career choices after I graduate – there are many different options to take with this degree. I have gained many skills such as public speaking, advertising, editing/writing efficiently, marketing, and reporting among some of them. Many of these skills apply to many different careers, meaning each will help no matter what job I get once graduated. My time spent here has led to being the president of Lambda Pi Eta, the communications honor society and has allowed me to partake in research, the Eastern Communication Conference, and Research Symposium which all help further my experience in preparation for the future."


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Kristen Shimko – graduated 2018

"During my time as a Communications major I have completed three internships and have been inducted into the Communications honors society known as Lambda Pi Eta. The internships I have completed included working with a Sports Editor for a newspaper back home, creating a guide and information sheets for incoming students, and editing a newsletter that goes to the entire campus weekly. After leaving WJU, I started Graduate School at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for my Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education. While in school I am serving as a Graduate Resident Director at the University of Pitt-Greensburg. This is a GA position that pays my tuition and provides a stipend while I am in graduate school."

 

For more student profiles of recent graduates, visit our Communication students' website. It showcases our students’ work and was also created by past and current Communication majors.