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Career Outlook With a Master’s in Communication

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Achieve your professional goals and meet the growing demand for talented communication leaders who can help businesses stand out and succeed, even as traditional and digital media platforms continue to grow and evolve.

Communication Career Snapshot

Role Expected Growth Annual Salary
Advertising and Promotions Manager 9% $117,810
PR and Fundraising Manager 10% $123,360
Marketing Manager 10% $144,140


Source: Payscale.com

Amplify Your Job Growth

Build upon your critical-thinking skills, master industry best practices and hone the strategic planning skills needed for career advancement in marketing fields like public relations and advertising, as well as non-profit and government sectors in top communication degree jobs like:

  • Communications Consultant
  • Marketing and Advertising Strategist
  • Community Relations Manager
  • Market Researcher
  • Director of Corporate Communications
  • Public Information Officer
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Public Relations Manager

These are just a handful of the jobs that look for the skills and knowledge you’ll have when you complete Purdue University’s online Master of Science in Communication program. You’ll be able to offer exceptional critical thinking and communication skills to a wide variety of industries and roles, making yourself highly marketable.

Careers within communication-related fields will have a strong future, with positive job growth expected over the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “advertising, promotions, and marketing campaigns will continue to be essential for organizations as they seek to maintain and expand their share of the market.”

Not only do jobs in communication pay well, they are plentiful nationwide. While demand is especially great in metropolitan areas, relocation to a large city isn’t necessary because there are opportunities in each U.S. state.

This map gives you a snapshot of how job opportunities are widely available in the U.S.

Employment of Communication Management Roles by State, featuring marketing, advertising, public relations and promotions manager roles. Map displays number of communication management roles in 2016. MT, ND, NE, SD, WY, AR, AL, AK, WV, VT, CT have 1-1,999 roles; ID, NM, KS, OK, IA, WI, MS, VA, MA, ME have 2,000-4,999 roles; NV, UT, CO, AZ, MO, LA, IN, OH, KY, NC, SC, CT have 5,000-9,999 roles; WA, OR, CA, TX, MN, IL, MI, TN, GA, FL, PA, NY, RI, NJ have 10,000+ roles. Source: BLS.gov, U.S. Department of Labor

When deciding whether the pursuit of a master’s degree makes sense for you financially, it’s important to look beyond the sticker price and consider the long-term outcome. An investment in your education will help you advance your career and reach goals, but a master’s in communication salary will also increase your future earning potential. The return on investment can be substantial.

While an employee with only a bachelor’s degree can get the same position as someone with a master’s degree, the median salary can be up to 40% greater for the person with the advanced degree.

Here’s a closer look at how the salaries for careers with a master’s degree in communication compare to careers with a bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor's vs. Masters's: How an Advanced Degree Influences Earning. Graphic starts with Marketing Manager and show 2 degree branches. Branch 1 with a Bachelor of Science, Communication and a median salary of $60,123; branch 2 with a Master of Science, Communication and a median salary of $70,709, an 18% increase.

When you consider your income can increase by up to 40%, preparing for a career with a master’s in communication degree makes long-term financial sense.

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Make your career goals a reality with Purdue University’s online Master of Science in Communication program. Learn more about this online program by calling our admissions advisors at 877-497-5851 or request more information.