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Employment Statistics

Communications Job Search

The communications industry has some unique characteristics that will affect your job search.

Hiring is on an “as needed” basis: The communications industry usually fills positions in a short time frame. This means that, unlike other industries, companies hiring for communications positions DO NOT recruit in December for May grads. The majority of companies anticipate openings but hire only when they know for certain there is a job open. This means that students need to spend their years in school networking to build a base of contacts that they can tap into as graduation approaches.

Outside experience is required: The single most important factor in hiring is hands-on or professional experience, NOT a college degree. A degree is expected, so it’s the opportunities to apply learned skills and develop new skill sets that make candidates competitive. Professional coursework and on-campus experience count, too, but “real world” experience in the field is critical to set you apart from other job applicants.

People hire people they know: As stated above, companies hiring for communications roles usually try to fill positions quickly and often hire through word of mouth. It’s never too soon to begin building a network of industry contacts. The more people you know who you are and what you’re looking for, the greater your chances of finding work in your field.

Newhouse graduates find work in their fields. Our recent graduates’ statistics reflect the current state of the economy.

Undergraduate statistics

Each year, alumni of Newhouse's undergraduate programs are surveyed six months after graduation, giving us information on employment status, how they found jobs and who hired them.

  • Bachelor's degree employment statistics: 2016
    • Employed full-time: 80%

      Employed part-time: 2%

      Post-graduate internship: 7%

      Attending graduate school: 9%

      Position related to career goals: 96%

  • Finding Jobs
    • Successful communications industry job hunts use a combination of search methods, with an emphasis on proactive efforts. The Newhouse class of 2016 found jobs through...

      Personal contact/networking: 56%

      Applying directy to company: 19%

      On-campus recruiting/career fair: 12%

      Applying through an online posting: 9%

  • Companies that recruit at Newhouse
      • Burson-Marsteller
      • CBS News
      • Cohn & Wolfe Digitas
      • Facebook
      • FleishmanHillard
      • Fox Networks Group
      • Giant Creative Strategy
      • Google Golf Channel
      • GE
      • Grey
      • Havas Worldwide
      • Hearst Television
      • Insider
      • Instagram
      • JWT
      • McCann
      • NBCUniversal
      • NESN
      • Omnicom Turner Broadcasting
      • Weiden+Kennedy
      • Y&R
      • Yoox Net-A-Porter Group
      • ZenithOptimedia
  • Where are recent graduates now?

      Advertising Operations Coordinator, Forbes Art Director, Havas Health
      Assistant Account Executive, BBDO
      Assistant Media Planner, MediaCom
      Corporate Marketing Coordinator, 360i
      Digital Campaign Manager, Conde Nast
      Media Planner, Maxus Global
      Social Media Coordinator, Hearst


      Associate Producer, NBC Nightly News
      Basketball Operations Assistant, New Orleans Pelicans Digital Associate, CBS News
      Multimedia Journalist, WSAZ
      News Producer, Hearst Television, WGAL-TV Play-by-Play Broadcaster, East Bay FC Stompers Production Associate, CNBC
      Reporter, Tribune Broadcasting Company


      Assistant Food and Drinks Editor, Time Inc.
      Assistant Editor, Fox Digital Studio
      Editorial Assistant, InStyle
      Fashion Assistant, Real Simple Magazine
      Journalist, Vice
      Media Relations Coordinator, HBO
      Print Fellow, Men's Health/Rodale
      Reporter, AdWeek
      Social Media Editor, Redbook and Cosmopolitan


      Assistant Art Director, Good Housekeeping/Hearst
      Associate Art Director, mcgarrybowen
      Content Researcher, Shutterstock
      Data Scientist, Instagram
      Designer, Big Little Brands
      Digital Imaging Artist, MullenLowe
      Graphic Artist & Photographer, SIDEARM Sports
      Graphic Designer, YellowHammer Media Group


      City Reporter, The Patriot Ledger
      News Associate,
      NYC Local Editor,
      Reporter/Digital Producer,
      Social Media Editor, Seventeen
      Social Media Editor, Yahoo
      Sports Sports Copy Editor, The Citizens’ Voice
      Video Coordinator, National Basketball Association


      Assistant Account Executive, Edelman
      Assistant Account Executive, mcgarrybowen
      Assistant Programming Editor, Mashable
      Business Development Coordinator, Ketchum Communications
      Coordinator, Uber Corporate Comms.
      Specialist, Kaspersky Labs
      Page, NBCUniversal
      Publicity Assistant, DKC


      Assistant Editor, Fox Digital Studio
      Broadcast Event Logger, Major League Baseball
      Corporate Comms. Assistant, United Talent Agency
      Page, CBS
      Page, NBCUniversal
      Producer/Editor, NFL Media Production
      Assistant, Discovery Communications
      Production Assistant, Scripps Networks International

Graduate statistics

In summer 2017, the Newhouse Career Development Center surveyed alumni of the School’s master’s programs who graduated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 regarding the results of the job search that followed the completion of their program at Newhouse. The statistics listed on this page are the results of that survey.

  • Graduates' salaries
    • Master’s students who continue immediately into the Newhouse master’s program from their undergraduate work will be looking for entry-level jobs at entry-level salaries upon completion of their graduate degree. A master’s degree pays off in the form of earlier promotions and raises a few years after graduation. Master’s graduates with prior related experience may see starting salaries of $3,000 to $8,000 higher than average. Recent starting salaries for first jobs after graduating from the Newhouse master’s program were:

      $0-$19.999: 23%

      $20,000-$29,999: 21%

      $30,000-$39.999: 11%

      $40,000-$49.999: 13%

      $50,000-$59.999: 11%

      $60,000-$69.999:  6%

      $70,000+: 15%

  • Finding Jobs
    • Six months after completing their master’s degree at Newhouse, 93% of the survey respondents were employed. The length of time between graduating and finding work was as follows:

      0-3 months: 55%

      3-6 months: 38%

      6-9 months: 4%

      9+ months: 3%

      Successful job hunts use a combination of search methods, with an emphasis on proactive efforts. Alumni found their jobs by through:

      Personal contact/networking: 60%

      Applied directly to company: 23%

      Career Fair: 2%

      Other*: 15%

      *The majority of "other" responses reflected that alumni started their own business or were self-employed.

  • Where are recent master's program graduates now?
      Assistant Account Manager, Goodby Silverstein & Partners
      Assistant Media Planner, Zenith Media
      Brand Strategist, Gotham
      Content Manager, Crispin Porter + Bogusky
      Digital Innovation Lab Head, Limitless
      Interactive Global Coordinator, Wunderman

      Business Development Coordinator, Jingle Punks
      Daily News Editor, MTV News
      Digital Content Producer, Raycom Media
      Editorial & Infographics Contributor, MTV Networks
      Staff Writer, USA TODAY
      Writer, IndieWire

      Associate Editor, ESPN
      Broadcast Standards & Practices Spclst., Disney/ABC
      Television Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations, Omaha Lancers
      Digital Journalist, WJAR-TV
      Producer, Univision
      Video Producer, CBS Sports

      Corporate Relations Manager, Allstate
      Communications Manager, Comcast
      Director, Corp. Comms., University of Kentucky Healthcare
      VP, Communications/Social Engagement, Empower CCSD
      VP, Corporate Communications, Cox Communications
      VP, Institutional Advancement, Syracuse University

      Editorial Assistant, House Beautiful (Hearst)
      Editorial Coordinator,
      Digital Producer, USA TODAY Sports Media Group
      Deputy Copy Chief, BuzzFeed
      Interactive Learning Fellow, The Poynter Institute
      Reporter, San Francisco Business Times

      Associate Media Planner, MEC
      Global Director of Communications & Digital Media, Florida Panthers
      Marketing Associate, kCura
      Marketing & Social Media Manager, PBS
      Senior Project Manager, NJI Media
      Social Media Marketing Strategist, ExPrep

      Content Strategist, DigitasLBi
      US Media Researcher, Syracuse University
      Senior Communications Specialist, SRC, Inc.
      Senior Planning & Analytics Strategist, eMarketer
      Social Media Manager, Comcast
      SEO Coordinator, 2U

      Designer, Harlem News
      Group Multimedia Producer, Cleveland Clinic
      Photo Editor, Newsday
      Senior Multimedia Producer, DoD Pentagon
      Video Editor & Cataloger, National Geographic Society
      Visual Merchandiser, Fleet Feet Sports

      Assistant Account Executive, FleishmanHillard
      Corporate Communications Specialist, Chobani
      Communications Manager, PriceWaterhouseCooper
      Community Relations Manager, Springfield Falcons
      Recruitment/Public Affairs Specialist, State Dept.
      Program Manager, Microsoft

      Associate Producer, National Geographic Studios
      Associate Producer, Viceland
      Board Operator (Sports), Sirius XM Radio
      Film Analyst, IMAX Office/Set
      PA, Paramount Pictures
      Script Coordinator, Disney Junior

      Please note: Current programs that are not listed here are too new to report on just yet. We look forward to listing the exciting places that graduates of these programs go soon!