Study: More Than 25% Of Journalism Grads Wish They’d Chosen Another Career

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A new study has found 28 percent of journalism graduates wish they had chosen another field.

An annual survey of graduates by the University of Georgia’s Grady College said “it seems likely that some graduates would be unhappy with their career choice regardless of which one they had selected”.

One in 20 of the journalism and mass communication graduates indicated that he or she had selected the field without ever intending to go into it.

For 2012 bachelor’s degree recipients, the median salary increased to $32,000.  People who earned master’s degrees had a median salary of $40,000, which was the same as the previous year.

In terms of salaries by region, the midwest had the lowest yearly earning for bachelor’s degree earners with $30,160.  The northeast boasted the highest median salary last year in the same category with $35,000.

Also, survey participants were asked if the journalism education they received was relevant to the needs of the workplace.  Most journalism grads felt their instructors and facilities were up to date.

In 2012, the number of journalism graduates who landed a full-time job roughly six to eight months after graduation increased to 66 percent from 62 percent in 2011.

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