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Communications Schools

There are 1,359 accredited communications schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of communications classes at one of these schools, you play a essential role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the communications academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes communications training at the following levels:

  • Communications Certificate
  • Associates degree in Communications
  • Bachelors degree in Communications
  • Masters degree in Communications
  • PhD degree in Communications


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Communications professionals

480,200 487,170 488,070 463,890 439,660
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 439,660 communications professionals working in the US in 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has shrunk by 8%.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to slow down by the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Communications professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by communications professionals around the nation, was $40,194 per year. The median yearly salary for communications professionals in the US was 30% less than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Communications

$36,600 $37,904 $38,387 $39,356 $40,194
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Communications professionals' salaries have seen a 10% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Communications Student enrollment growth by degree

1,911 2,000 2,163 2,543 2,757
44,792 45,138 45,959 47,149 49,856
412 425 420 475 512
4,500 4,222 4,379 4,618 4,881
774 810 789 1,182 1,311
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Communications
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Communications
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Communications
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Communications
  • Grey: Certificate in Communications

The career outlook for communications professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 52,389 students who graduated from communications degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 59,317 students graduating from communications schools.

This represents a 13% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from communications courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Communications Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering communications programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 1168 communications schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 1359 schools.

Communications Faculty Salaries

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