Career Opportunities in International Communication
General Areas of Service
Many International Communications students go on to work as an international affairs specialist for one of several departments, including the Department of Labor, the Department of Agriculture and even the Department of Energy. Many International Communications degree holders also find jobs in the Agency for International Development and the Central Intelligence Agency. Working for the government can be great because there are many opportunities to advance in your field as well as the knowledge that you will gain and be able to take with you to future positions.
If working for the government is not for you, think about using your International Communications degree to find a job in the private sector. Many non-profits seek Program Officers to facilitate international professional exchanges which have been funded by government grants. Others organizations, such as ADRA, are looking for people to send abroad to facilitate humanitarian aid. Many students also work as translators or interpreters and Foreign Service Agents.
The communications field can be a great avenue for International Communications degree holders. Many political campaigns hire recent graduates who have an International Communications degree because of the insight that that person can bring to the table. Also, most large communication companies are beginning to go global and they recognize the need to hire people with experience in the international communications realm.
Employment possibilities for graduates in International Communications exist in business, government, electronic and print journalism, teaching and private international service (e.g., U.N. Association, Red Cross, etc.). Students completing a degree find it excellent preparation for entry into highly competitive programs of advanced study or work abroad in areas of special interest or knowledge. Students who participate in international internships, such as those offered through our department, are exceptionally competitive when the graduate.
Median Earnings – United States Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics
*Interpreter or Translator: $43,300
*International Relations Specialist: $57,550
*FBI or CIA Agent: $60,910 - $97,870 (depending on level, experience, etc.)
Sources of Additional Information
* United States Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics
Academic Advisor: Jerry Hartman