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Speech Communications

Career Opportunities with a Major in Speech Communications

Many graduates in Speech Communication pursue graduate work in their emphases. They are also afforded a variety of career options in education, government, business and industry, and broadcasting. Graduates specializing in communication theory and organizational communication often find satisfying careers in communication consulting/training and conference planning. Graduates with an emphasis in public address and rhetoric often achieve success in law, industrial and organizational communication, educational administration, public relations, speech writing and theology. The teacher education emphasis prepares graduates for careers in teaching. The emphasis in communication disorders provides a solid background for students pursuing careers in education, health care (i.e., schools, community clinics, hospitals), and vocational rehabilitation. The broadcasting / telecommunication emphasis prepares students for careers in radio, television, cable, public affairs, sales and marketing, advertising, management, production and engineering. Theater careers are open to graduates with specialties in stagecraft, sound, engineering, script-writing, directing, and acting.

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SKILLS RELATED TO SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS

Ability to read and write articulately and analytically
Ability to formulate clear, persuasive messages
Good listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
Ability to analyze, interpret, and appropriately convey physical & social events and behaviors to others
Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
Relate well to people of varying backgrounds
Respond quickly and effectively to unexpected circumstances
Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Speech Communications major. Click on highlighted jobs for more information on training, income and job outlook. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Speech Communications majors may consider.  Many of these jobs also require education beyond an associate’s and bachelor's degree.

Account Representative
Clergy
Corporate Communications Officer
Customer Sales
Editor
Fundraiser
Grant / Proposal Writer
Health Advocate
Lecturer
Lobbyist
Minority Relations Specialist
Negotiator
Press Secretary
Researcher
Special Interest Advocate
Speech Writer
Victim Advocate
Writers and Editors

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EMPLOYERS IN SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS

Colleges/Universities
Private corporations
Law offices
Research firms
Industrial firms
Advertising agencies
Entertainment industry
Volunteer/Non-profit agencies
Government agencies
Social work agencies
Media industry
Hospitals
Public relations firms
Marketing/Retail firms
Political organizations

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WEB SITES RELATED TO SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS

Federal Communications Commission
TvSpy Job Bank
Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program in Health Advocacy
Map of American Television Stations
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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FIELD

American Communication Association
American League of Lobbyists
American Society of Training Development
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Colorado Speech-Language Hearing Association
International Association of Business Communications
International Speech Communication Association
National Communication Association
National Association of Broadcasters
Western States Communication Association
 

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