Online Associate Degrees in Communications
Graduates may pursue entry-level employment or they may opt to further their education and enroll in a baccalaureate program in communications. Employment opportunities may be available in fields such as radio and television, public relations, and advertising.
- Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
- Program Length: Two years to complete
- Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
- Projected Employment Growth: 21% (2010-2020)*
The curriculum within an associate-level program in communications typically includes general education requirements along with major-specific courses. In these two-year programs, students may study telecommunication technology, the role media plays within society, and social responsibility in journalism. Core communications courses may include the following:
- Interpersonal Communication
- Mass Communication
- Information Strategies
- Mass Media
- Audio and Video Production
- Broadcasting History
- Media Writing
Associate-level graduates of communication programs may find employment opportunities in a variety of fields, including journalism, radio and television, advertising, and public relations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those seeking a career in a related field are expected to increase by 21% from 2010-2020*.
Possible careers include:
- Radio and Television Announcer
- Public Relations Specialist
- Copy Writer
- Broadcast News Analyst
- Radio Promotions Assistant
Once students complete an online associate-level program in communications, they may decide to pursue entry-level employment, or they may enroll in a bachelor’s degree program in communications. These four-year programs may expand upon the knowledge students obtained in an associate-level program, and they may learn how to analyze and fix communication breakdowns, and how to use communication technologies. Employers may seek candidates who have at least a bachelor’s degree along with related work experience.
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
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