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What can I do with this degree?

In a recent study conducted by Hanover Research for Charleston Southern, the firm measured student and labor market demand for undergraduate programs in public relations. This report revealed that “student demand for both public relations (and sports communication) programs are growing across the United States … [with] demand being strongest in the Southeast.”

Hanover’s findings also suggest the job market for communication graduates is strong. In addition, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in public relations is likely to expand by nearly 12 percent between 2012 and 2022.

The best bachelor’s programs in public relations provide students with multiple opportunities to gain practical work experience and develop hands-on skills.

So, what can you do with a communication degree? Here are 10 great career options to consider:

1. Public Relations/Community Relations. Working in PR and community relations can be an exciting experience. 
2. Marketing. Consider using your communication major in a marketing position at a place that has a mission and/or values you are also interested in.
3. Social Media. Use your new skills to your advantage and work as a social media expert.
4. Content Provider. Communicating online requires a very specific skill set. If you think you have what it takes, consider applying for a writing/marketing/PR position for an online company or website.
5. Fundraising. If you're good at communicating, consider going into fundraising. You can meet lots of interesting folks while doing important work in a challenging job.
6. Freelance. If you have a bit of experience and a good network to rely on, try going freelance. You can do a variety of interesting projects while being your own boss.
7. Create a start-up. If you have a great idea, maybe creating your own business is a great opportunity to learn, grow and succeed.
8. Media: Newspapers, Magazines, Radio. Traditional print is going through a rough period. But there can still be some interesting jobs out there where you can put your communication skills and training to use. Working for a radio station -- either a music-based local station or something different, like National Public Radio -- can be a unique job that you'll end up addicted to for life. 
9. Sports. Love sports? Consider working for a local sports team or stadium. You'll get to learn the ins-and-outs of a cool organization while helping with their communication needs.
10. Advertising. If you love working with people and helping them grow their business through sales and advertising, a communication degree will give you all the necessary skills to get started in the field.