Training and Development
Product and service organizations
Hospitals and other healthcare organizations
Print and electronic media
Other business corporations
Develop strong verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.
Learn to work well on a team.
Join related professional associations. Get involved in other campus organizations.
Take business courses or earn a business minor.
Gain experience through internships, part-time, or summer jobs.
Develop computer skills in areas such as spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.
Corporate Public Affairs
Public Opinion Research
Public service organizations
Public opinion research firms
Public relations firms
Public opinion organizations
Radio and television companies
Sports and entertainment organizations
Hospitality and tourism industry
Develop excellent writing skills.
Gain experience through internships, even if unpaid.
Serve as public relations officer of an organization.
Take additional courses in marketing, advertising, public relations, or other area of interest.
Develop a portfolio of writing samples, ad campaigns, and other relevant work.
Join related professional associations.
Be willing to move to locations with greater numbers of job opportunities.
Be prepared to start at the bottom and work to more desirable positions.
Publishing firms including newspaper, magazine and book
Television and radio stations
Develop excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
Take elective courses in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, and advertising.
Develop research skills.
Work for campus or local newspaper, radio station, or television station.
Get related experience through internships, even if unpaid.
Learn desktop publishing, webpage design, and other computer skills.
Chambers of commerce
Take courses in psychology, sociology, or social work to broaden perspective.
Volunteer with community and campus organizations.
Learn to work well with different types of people.
Develop a wide array of skills including writing, speaking, budgeting, grant writing, and leadership.
All branches of local, state and federal government
Political action committees
Learn local, state, and federal government job application process.
Take courses in conflict management and develop negotiation skills.
Volunteer to work on a local political campaign.
Join related student organizations and earn leadership roles.
Find an internship with a government organization to get a foot in the door.
Maintain a strong grade point average as many government programs are very competitive.
Nonprofit or Public Interest
Public interest organizations
Colleges and universities
Plan on attending a specialized paralegal training school or law school depending upon area of interest.
Participate in a debate or forensic team to hone communication skills.
Join pre-law organizations.
Obtain a part-time or summer job at a law office.
Take courses in and gain experience with mediation and conflict resolution.
Student Support Services including: Admissions, Advising, Development, Student Affairs, Recruitment, Alumni Affairs
Colleges and universities
Ph.D. required for teaching and research in colleges and universities. Maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations. Earn a master's degree in college student personnel or a related field for administrative positions. Get involved in campus leadership roles in residence halls, student unions/activities, programming boards, etc.
Develop strong written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
Get experience with public speaking by joining Toastmasters.
Learn to work well on a team and develop leadership skills.
Explore specializations within major and professional field. Select electives to enhance knowledge in area(s) of interest.
Obtain experience through part-time employment, co-op, internships, or volunteer experience.
Get involved in campus activities and professional organizations.
Speech communication is a broad degree that can lead to job opportunities in many different fields. Skills and experiences gained through co-curricular activities, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering are critical in shaping a career path.
Speech communication is also good preparation for graduate school in many disciplines.
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University
of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA