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Journalism Schools

There are 512 accredited journalism schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of journalism classes at one of these schools, you play a essential role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in journalism academia which includes journalism training at the following levels:

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


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Journalism professionals

120,130 120,540 118,670 109,710 105,350
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 105,350 journalism professionals working in the US in 2010. The number of journalism professionals has shrunk by 12% between 2006 and 2010.

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 Journalism professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by journalism professionals was $39,267 in 2010. This is 25% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Journalism

$35,450 $37,157 $38,517 $38,177 $39,267
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for journalism professionals have grown by 11%.

Educational Trends

National Journalism Student enrollment growth by degree

365 363 381 364 377
14,577 14,229 14,341 14,598 14,611
12 19 27 31 21
1,798 1,717 1,743 1,757 1,858
126 99 123 111 116
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Journalism
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Journalism
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Journalism
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Journalism
  • Grey: Certificate in Journalism

The career outlook for journalism professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 16,878 students who graduated from journalism degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 16,983 students graduating from journalism schools.

This represents a 1% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from journalism courses is less than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Journalism Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering journalism programs has also increased. In 2006 there were 488 journalism schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 512 schools.

Journalism Faculty Salaries

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