Academics

 

 

The data and information provided on this page for the degree program in Mass Communication come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Listed below are the Standard Occupational Codes (S.O.C.) for the paid positions for which a Bachelor of Science for Mass Communication -- B.S. degree might be appropriate qualifications. On this page is also provided employment estimates and mean wage estimates for broadcasters and journalists. In addition, there are links to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website for all of the information that follows:

 

 

 

25-1122 Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

 

Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Include both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of both teaching and research.

 

 

2001 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry divisions in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. These and other data elements, including the 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages are available in the downloadable excel files. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

RSE (3)
Employment
18,110
2.8 %
Mean hourly wage
Mean annual wage (2)
$50,460
0.9 %

 

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Annual Wage (2)
$27,590
$36,110
$47,120
$61,870
$80,410

 

 

About 2001 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


 

 

 

27-3011 Radio and Television Announcers

 

Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests. Excludes "Broadcast News Analysts" (27-3021).

 

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,520
2.1 %
$19.19
$39,910
1.8 %

 

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$7.98
$9.21
$12.91
$20.01
$34.86
Annual Wage (2)
$16,590
$19,150
$26,850
$41,610
$72,500

 

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

 

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
30,170
14.18
$18.56
$38,610
440
0.97
390
0.01
$22.60
$47,000
280
0.35
$28.68
$59,650
260
0.20
$38.00
$79,050

 

 

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
30,170
14.18
$18.56
$38,610
440
0.97
280
0.35
$28.68
$59,650
260
0.20
$38.00
$79,050
60
0.06
$21.29
$44,280

 

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
260
0.20
$38.00
$79,050
70
0.02
$32.67
$67,950
280
0.35
$28.68
$59,650
390
0.01
$22.60
$47,000
60
0.06
$21.29
$44,280

 

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State
Employment (1)
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (9)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
2,510
0.18
0.70
$27.48
$57,150
2,230
0.27
1.04
$28.64
$59,560
1,800
0.18
0.70
$21.24
$44,180
1,540
0.22
0.84
$19.55
$40,670
1,520
0.28
1.08
$15.85
$32,960


 

27-3012 Public Address System and other Announcers

 

Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

 

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

 

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,580
5.8 %
$18.19
$37,840
3.9 %

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$8.14
$9.20
$13.42
$22.63
$33.71
Annual Wage (2)
$16,940
$19,140
$27,910
$47,080
$70,120

 

 

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
2,720
0.79
$17.35
$36,090
1,630
3.59
$19.47
$40,490
620
0.29
$14.13
$29,390
570
0.05
$11.39
$23,700
420
0.37
$21.71
$45,160

 

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,630 3.59 $19.47 $40,490
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2,720 0.79 $17.35 $36,090
Performing Arts Companies 420 0.37 $21.71 $45,160
Spectator Sports 400 0.30 $19.94 $41,470
Radio and Television Broadcasting 620 0.29 $14.13 $29,390

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
40
0.04
$28.13
$58,510
$23.21
$48,270
420
0.37
$21.71
$45,160
400
0.30
$19.94
$41,470
1,630
3.59
$19.47
$40,490

 

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State
Employment (1)
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (9)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
990
0.07
1.19
$20.20
$42,020
630
0.06
1.06
$13.21
$27,470
560
0.22
3.67
$18.02
$37,490
530
0.06
1.06
$23.81
$49,530
440
0.17
2.83
$19.09
$39,720


 

27-3020 News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents

This broad occupation includes the following two detailed occupations:

 

 

 

Significant Points


Competition will be keen for jobs at large metropolitan and national newspapers, broadcast stations, and magazines; small publications and broadcast stations and online newspapers and magazines should provide the best opportunities. Most employers prefer individuals with a bachelor's degree in journalism or mass communications and experience gained at school newspapers or broadcasting stations or through internships with news organizations.Jobs often involve long, irregular hours and pressure to meet deadlines.

 

 

27-3021 Broadcast News Analysts
Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

 

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

 

 

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,670
5.6 %
$34.96
$72,710
2.6 %

 

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$13.25
$17.09
$26.03
$40.65
$70.30
Annual Wage (2)
$27,560
$35,550
$54,140
$84,560
$146,230

 

 

 

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

 

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
4,620
2.17
$36.40
$75,720
360
0.26
$22.76
$47,340
310
0.39
$35.53
$73,910
100
0.02
$29.96
$62,320
50
0.00
$25.20
$52,420

 

 

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
4,620
2.17
$36.40
$75,720
310
0.39
$35.53
$73,910
360
0.26
$22.76
$47,340
100
0.02
$29.96
$62,320
50
0.00
$25.20
$52,420

 

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
4,620
2.17
$36.40
$75,720
310
0.39
$35.53
$73,910
100
0.02
$29.96
$62,320
$28.15
$58,540
50
$25.20
$52,420


 

 

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

 

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State
Employment (1)
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (9)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
590
0.04
0.94
$35.08
$72,960
380
0.05
1.01
$39.11
$81,350
310
0.08
1.86
$34.87
$72,520
310
0.08
1.84
$37.26
$77,510
300
0.03
0.67
$39.88
$82,950


 



27-3022 Reporters and Correspondents

 

Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television. Exclude "Broadcast News Analysts" (27-3021).

 

 

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

 

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
50,690
2.1 %
$21.17
$44,030
1.6 %

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

 

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
37,500
$19.50
$40,560
9,670
$24.72
$51,410
1,830
$34.23
$71,200
320
$26.50
$55,110
210
$24.14
$50,220

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry
Employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
1,830
$34.23
$71,200
320
$26.50
$55,110
9,670
$24.72
$51,410
30
$24.29
$50,530
210
$24.14
$50,220

 

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State
Employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Percent of State employment
1,990
$35.27
$73,360
0.313%
340
$12.56
$26,130
0.086%
240
$12.79
$26,610
0.069%
190
$16.36
$34,030
0.062%
560
$14.52
$30,200
0.060%

 

Top paying States for this occupation:

State
Employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Percent of State employment
1,990
$35.27
$73,360
0.313%
4,270
$28.58
$59,440
0.049%
840
$27.51
$57,220
0.033%
150
$26.73
$55,600
0.031%
1,350
$26.40
$54,910
0.034%

 

 

27-3031 Public Relations Specialists

 

Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

 

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
225,590
0.9 %
$28.44
$59,150
0.5 %

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$14.69
$18.73
$25.05
$34.53
$45.77
Annual Wage (2)
$30,560
$38,960
$52,090
$71,820
$95,200

 

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
30,660
7.50
$33.51
$69,700
20,030
4.72
$28.74
$59,770
16,770
0.59
$25.73
$53,510
10,020
0.18
$26.95
$56,050
9,540
0.50
$30.11
$62,630

 

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
30,660
7.50
$33.51
$69,700
7,600
6.15
$26.97
$56,110
20,030
4.72
$28.74
$59,770
6,990
3.68
$25.95
$53,970
520
2.09
$29.08
$60,490

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
4,970
0.24
$41.67
$86,660
80
0.01
$40.54
$84,330
3,560
0.25
$39.69
$82,560
$39.46
$82,080
650
0.11
$39.17
$81,480

 

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State
Employment (1)
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (9)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
24,150
1.73
0.97
$32.22
$67,010
21,610
2.59
1.46
$33.37
$69,410
20,190
2.00
1.13
$28.19
$58,630
12,190
1.72
0.97
$27.51
$57,210
10,060
1.84
1.03
$28.54
$59,370

 

 

 

27-3090 Miscellaneous Media and Communication Workers

 

This broad occupation includes the following two detailed occupations:

 

27-3091 Interpreters and Translators

27-3099 Media and Communication Workers, All Other


 

 

27-3091 Interpreters and Translators

Interpreters and Translators

 

 

Significant Points


*About 26 percent of interpreters and translators are self-employed; many freelance and work in this occupation only sporadically.

*In addition to needing fluency in at least two languages, many interpreters and translators need a bachelor's degree.

*Employment is expected to grow much faster than average.

  • *Job prospects vary by specialty and language.

 

 

Projections Data About this section

Projections data from the National Employment Matrix

Occupational Title

SOC Code

Employment, 2008

Projected
Employment, 2018

Change,
2008-18

Detailed Statistics

Number

Percent

Interpreters and translators

27-3091

50,900

62,200

11,300

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    NOTE: Data in this table are rounded. See the discussion of the employment projections table in the Handbook introductory chapter on Occupational Information Included in the Handbook.

 

Earnings About this section

 

Wage and salary interpreters and translators had median annual wages of $38,850 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $28,940 and $52,240. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,170, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $69,190. Individuals classified as language specialists in the Federal Government earned an average of $79,865 annually in March 2009.

 

Earnings depend on language, subject matter, skill, experience, education, certification, and type of employer, and salaries of interpreters and translators can vary widely. Interpreters and translators who know languages for which there is a greater demand, or which relatively few people can translate, often have higher earnings, as do those who perform services requiring a high level of skill, such as conference interpreters.

 

For those who are not salaried, earnings typically fluctuate, depending on the availability of work. Freelance interpreters usually earn an hourly rate, whereas translators who freelance typically earn a rate per word or per hour.


 

 

27-3099 Media and Communication Workers, All Other

 

 

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

 

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
23,740
4.2 %
$24.27
$50,490
1.8 %

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$11.29
$14.87
$20.72
$29.68
$41.17
Annual Wage (2)
$23,480
$30,930
$43,090
$61,720
$85,630

 

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
5,260
1.48
$30.13
$62,670
2,300
0.08
$23.35
$48,570
2,130
0.52
$23.92
$49,740
1,410
0.66
$18.53
$38,540
1,110
0.02
$20.90
$43,470

 

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
5,260
1.48
$30.13
$62,670
1,410
0.66
$18.53
$38,540
110
0.64
$16.07
$33,430
280
0.62
$33.66
$70,000
660
0.58
$23.49
$48,850

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
280
0.62
$33.66
$70,000
40
0.01
$31.87
$66,280
80
0.02
$30.31
$63,040
5,260
1.48
$30.13
$62,670
190
0.02
$29.72
$61,810

 

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State
Employment (1)
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (9)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
7,200
0.51
2.75
$29.15
$60,630
2,640
1.03
5.53
$23.10
$48,040
1,460
0.21
1.10
$18.42
$38,320
1,420
0.26
1.38
$22.02
$45,790
1,060
0.39
2.10
$20.88
$43,440

 

27-3043 Writers and Authors

 

Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material. Excludes "Public Relations Specialists" (27-3031) and "Technical Writers" (27-3042).

 

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
40,930 1.9 % $32.72 $68,060 1.6 %

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.55 $19.03 $26.86 $38.00 $55.64
Annual Wage (2) $28,180 $39,580 $55,870 $79,050 $115,740

 

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,040 1.46 $26.03 $54,140
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 5,960 1.42 $37.62 $78,250
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,760 1.30 $30.72 $63,900
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,630 0.75 $48.10 $100,060
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,610 5.47 $46.78 $97,300

 

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,610 5.47 $46.78 $97,300
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,040 1.46 $26.03 $54,140
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 5,960 1.42 $37.62 $78,250
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,760 1.30 $30.72 $63,900
Other Information Services 1,310 0.88 $30.82 $64,100

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) (8) (8) $72.28 $150,340
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $57.75 $120,130
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,630 0.75 $48.10 $100,060
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,610 5.47 $46.78 $97,300
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $43.23 $89,910

 

27-4099 Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other

 

All media and communication equipment workers not listed separately.

 

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
14,690 3.8 % $33.45 $69,570 1.2 %

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.65 $22.09 $33.25 $43.44 $52.84
Annual Wage (2) $28,380 $45,940 $69,160 $90,350 $109,900

 

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

 

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,050 0.25 $39.35 $81,840
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,000 1.14 $36.71 $76,360
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 580 0.02 $23.30 $48,460
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 520 0.09 $16.96 $35,290
Radio and Television Broadcasting 500 0.23 $23.55 $48,980

 

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,000 1.14 $36.71 $76,360
Sound Recording Industries 40 0.27 $17.92 $37,260
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,050 0.25 $39.35 $81,840
Performing Arts Companies 260 0.23 $27.27 $56,720
Radio and Television Broadcasting 500 0.23 $23.55 $48,980

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $40.36 $83,940
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,050 0.25 $39.35 $81,840
Other Personal Services (8) (8) $39.32 $81,800
Specialized Design Services (8) (8) $38.53 $80,130
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,000 1.14 $36.71 $76,360

 

 

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