Division of Communications, Humanities and Human Services

Speech Communication

Requirements

Major     Minor

Major 2012-13


What can I do with this degree?

Information prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (1996, Revised 2003) Used by Permission. campusapps2.fullerton.edu

AREAS EMPLOYERS STRATEGIES

Business

Sales
Customer Service
Management
Human Resources
Training and Development
Labor Relations
Writing/Editing
Public Relations
Buying
Consulting
Negotiator/Mediator
Product and service organizations
Retail stores
Hotels
Restaurants
Manufacturers
Financial companies
Insurance companies
Print and electronic media
Other business corporations
Travel Organizations
Airlines
Develop strong verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills. Learn to work well on a team. Join related professional associations. Get involved in other campus organizations. Take business courses or earn a business major. Gain experience through interships, part-time or summer jobs. Develop computer skills including spreadsheets, databases and presentation software.

Public Relations/Advertising

Public Relations
Advertising/Marketing
Corporate Public Affairs
Development
Media Analysis/Planning
Creative Directing
Writing/Editing
Audience Analysis
Public Opinion Research
Lobbying
Sales
News Informational writing
Private corporations
Public service organizations
Public opinion research firms
Public relations firms
Advertising agencies
Public opinion organizations
Radio and television companies
Sports and entertainment organizations
Hospitality and tourism industry
Nonprofit organizations
Consulting firms
Freelance
Chambers of Commerce
Develop excellent writing skills. Gain experience through internships, even if unpaid. Serve as public relations office of an organization. Take additional courses in marketing, advertising, public relations or other area of interest. Develop a portfolio of writing samples, ad campaigns and other relevant work. Join related professional associations. Be willing to move to locations with greater numbers of job opportunities. Be prepared to start at the bottom and work to more desirable positions.

Media

Writing
Editing
Copywriting
Publishing
Producing
Managing/Directing
Research
Media Sales
Public Relations
Script Writing
Business Management
Publishing firms including newspaper, magazine and book
Internet sites
Television and radio stations
Film industry
Develop excellent interpersonal and presentation skills. Take elective courses in journalism, broadcasting, public relations and advertising. Develop research skills. Work for campus or local newspaper, radio station or television station. Get related experience through internships, even if unpaid. Learn desktop publishing, webpage design and other computer skills.

Nonprofit

Administration
Program Coordination
Grant Writing
Writing/Editing
Fundraising
Nonprofit organizations
Professional associations
Chambers of Commerce
Community centers
Philanthropies
Hospitals
Take courses in psychology, sociology or social work to broaden perspective. Volunteer with community and campus organizations. Learn to work well with different types of people. Develop a wide array of skills, including writing, speaking, budgeting, grant writing and leadership.

Government

Public Information
Campaigning
Programming
Legislative Assistance
Research
Lobbying
Conflict Negotiation
Elected Official
All branches of local, state and federal government
Political parties
Political action committees
Learn local, state and federal government job application process. Take courses in conflict management and develop negotiation skills. Volunteer to work on a local political campaign. Join related student organizations and earn leadership roles.

Education

Teaching
Research
Student Support Services including:
Admissions
Development
Student Affairs
Recruitment
Alumni Affairs
Colleges and universities Ph.D. required for teaching and research in colleges and universities. Maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations. Earn a master's degree in college studetn personnel or a related field for administrative positions. Get involved in campus leadership roles in residence halls, studetn unions/activites, programming boards, etc.

Law

Paralegal
Attorneys-at-law
Mediation
Law firms
Government agencies
Corporations
Public interest organizations
Private practice
Colleges and universities
Plan on attending a specialized paralegal training school or law school depending upon area of interest. Participate in a debate or forensic tean to hone communication skills. Join pre-law organizations. Obtain a part-time or summer job at a law office. Take courses in and gain experience with mediation and conflict resolution.

High Technology

Information Sciences
Human Information
Theory/Processes
Human Communication
Technologies
Training
Producing/Directing
Copywriting
Research
Industries
Business
Take courses in Information Sciences. May need Master's degree in Information Sciences in some positions. Acquire computer skills.

Sincerely,
Susan Dittmer
Communications Chair

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