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So You Majored in Journalism?

You thought this journalism thing would be a great cover for your alternate lifestyle as a crime-fighting superhero. However, if the Daily Planet isn’t hiring, are there other options for your journalism degree? Of course! Here are a few alternate ideas for “ker-powing” your way into the workforce.

Communications Specialist
This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to remember that communication skills are highly marketable. Your ability to convey accurate and compelling information to a wide audience will be invaluable in this position. Be sure to look at Marketing/Communications Specialist positions, too!
Apply at: Any larger business, marketing firms, consulting firms

Fundraising Coordinator
This position is a great way to apply your communication skills while working for a company you admire. Fundraising is all about advertising and event coordination, both of which should be natural tasks for someone accustomed to interviews and press releases.
Apply at: Nonprofit organizations

Production Coordinator
For this position you will want to play up your experience with deadlines, working on a team and production processes. Show how your experiences with these things in journalism are applicable to any production process (although you might find this job title at a newspaper or media group!).
Apply at: Media organizations, Manufacturing companies

Public Information Specialist

This is a PR-esque (that’s a word, right?) position, but with more of a focus on the public sector. You will probably work for a school district or government agency, and your job will be to coordinate communications about that agency to the public. You might also work on promotional materials, and inter-departmental communications. See also: Public Affairs Specialist
Apply at: State and local government, public schools/colleges

Content Editor
Our lovely content editor here at Spark Hire majored in journalism! This is a great option for taking advantage of the editorial aspect of your journalism degree. Any leadership positions you might have had on your college newspaper will also be great experience for this job.
Apply at: Companies with a blog or website…which is most places, nowadays

Audio-visual Consultant
For those of you who have done work in broadcast journalism, be sure to take a look at jobs in audio-visual technologies. You not only know how the equipment works, but you also probably have a great eye for editing and for filming.
Apply at: Almost anywhere; you’d be surprised who needs an A/V person. I recently saw a posting for this position at the American Heart Association. Go figure!

And, for a bit of inspiration, here are three famous-but-fictional journalists from which we can all learn…er…something?

Ron Burgundy (Anchorman)
Don’t be a jerk, or be stuck in the past…but style impresses folks.

Robin Scherbotsky (How I Met Your Mother)
Don’t give up on your dreams— or New Year’s resolutions— even if it means taking a job doing grunt work for a while.

Will McAvoy (The Newsroom)
Stick to your convictions, and always be nice to people. They might show up in your life at the most unexpected times.

What major should we look at next? Leave a comment below, or send me a tweet: @ithinkther4iamb #lovemymajor

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Kristin Anderson

Kristin has a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa, with an emphasis in creative writing. In her free time she enjoys long walks, kitchen adventures, and making puns.