Associate Degrees in Communication

Career Options with This Degree

An associate’s degree in communication prepares students to work in a number of fields. Traditional forms of media, such as television, radio, and newspapers, all hire workers with communication degrees, but students can also look to new media such as social networking and web video for jobs. Companies also hire public relations specialists and customer service teams to serve in a communication role between the company and the general public.

Students tasks in this career field depend largely on their job title, but with an associate’s degree, they can expect to work as part of a team or reporting to a communications director.

Average Salary of Degree Holders

With an associate’s degree in communication, students can expect to make $52,550, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. As with any career, the more responsibility students have in their job, the more they make. Salary also depends on the employer. Some of the highest paid positions are in the government and working for major corporations, while non-profits typically pay much less, as they have lower overall budgets.

Students make more money as they work in this field, especially if they stick with one employer and advance within a company. Students can also make more money by going back to school to get their bachelor’s degree or even master’s degree in communication. Many employers even help students go back to school by providing tuition assistance programs.

Coursework Required to Obtain This Degree

In order to earn an associate’s degree in communication, students go through courses such as public speaking, journalism, and business. Most associate’s degree programs include a number of 101-level courses to allow students to get a feel for a wide variety of fields within the communications industry. Students may also take more general math, science, and art/music courses to give them a well-round education.

Associates in Communications Degree Programs

Online Journalism Schools and Degrees

With blogs, social media, and bookmarking websites, communication is increasingly becoming dependent on the internet. Education is no different as more accredited schools are offering Journalism and Communication degrees through online programs. Click on any links found below to request free information on a school's tuition, programs, accreditation, and more.

Kaplan University — For aspiring journalists seeking a communications degree, Kaplan University offers two such programs, the BS in Communication/Organization Communication and the Advanced Start BS in Communications for students who have already earned an associate's or bachelor's degree. Students enrolled in online programs engage classes through the use of online communities of peers, multimedia, and hands-on assignments. Read more about Kaplan University.

Ashford University — Ashford's bachelor's degree program in either journalism & mass communications or communication studies is a good fit for anyone pursuing a career in business, communication management, media, journalism, or public policy. Upon completion of either program, graduates are highly valued and sought after in the job market in all of these industries. Ashford also offers a similar degree in English/Language Arts that is geared toward individuals interested in a liberal arts education. Read more about Ashford University.

Full Sail University — The MS in new media journalism from Full Sail University allows journalists to keep their skills sharp all while meeting the demands required by today's media consumers. The degree program combines traditional methods of journalism with emerging technology. You'll learn how to produce multimedia content, use social media to engage audiences and promote your work, and publish and distribute content across digital delivery platforms. Read more about Full Sail University.

Southern New Hampshire University — Southern New Hampshire University offers a MA degree in communication that combines courses in communication with a solid foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter careers in advertising, business writing, corporate communications, journalism, and more. Read more about Southern New Hampshire University.

Kent State University — Kent State offers a master's degree of Journalism and Communication. This degree is specializes in Public Relations, preparing students for managerial positions or in-house PR positions with courses on social media, branding, strategy campaigns, and crisis management. This is one of only a few online masters of journalism programs available. Read more about Kent State University.

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