Employment Opportunities

Business & Industry

It is well recognized that communication plays a vital role in the functioning of any government, business, or industrial organization. A national study indicates that the essential skills needed by a competent employee to get a job and to succeed and be promoted are primarily communication skills (Winsor, Curtis, & Stephens, 1997).

  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Manager
  • Association Administrator
  • Bank Officer
  • Buyer
  • Claims Adjuster/Examiner
  • Consumer Affairs Specialist
  • Communication Trainer
  • Corporate Affairs Director
  • Corporate Communications Director
  • Credit Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Director of Corporate Communication
  • Fashion Merchandiser
  • Flight Attendant
  • Hospitality Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Industrial & Labor Relations Specialist
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Management Analyst
  • Manager/Administrator
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Manager
  • Mediator
  • Negotiator
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Paralegal
  • Personnel Specialist
  • Personnel Manager
  • Presenter
  • Print Production Coordinator
  • Promotions Manager
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker
  • Recreation/Attractions Manager
  • Recruiter
  • Research Worker
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Service Representative
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Speech Writer
  • Stockbroker
  • Technical Writer
  • Telemarketing Specialist
  • Training & Development Specialist
  • Travel Agent
  • Sales
  • Writer
  • Events Planner

Communication & Media

  • Actor
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Broadcast Advertising Salesperson
  • Communications Lawyer
  • Contestant/Guest Coordinator
  • Copywriter
  • Disc Jockey
  • Director-Film, Video, Theatre
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Electronic Publication Specialist
  • Government Relations Specialist
  • Graphic Artist
  • Greeting Card Writer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Media Buyer
  • Media Manager
  • Narrator
  • News Writer/Editor
  • Photographer
  • Documentartian
  • Photojournalist
  • Producer- TV, Film, Theatre
  • Production Assistant
  • Proofreader
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Publisher
  • Program Director
  • Radio/TV Announcer
  • Reporter/Journalist
  • Sales Representative
  • Script Writer
  • Sports Promoter
  • Sportscaster
  • Technical Writer
  • Telemarketer
  • Traffic Manager
  • TV Engineer
  • TV News Anchor
  • Video Programmer
  • Writer/Author

Government

Communication skills are essential to address the issues that challenge political leaders and our systems of government. Communication is the basis for gaining understanding between people, discussing similarities and differences, and settling disputes.

  • Campaign Manager
  • Public Information
  • Elected Official
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Conflict Negotiation
  • Mediator
  • Government Advisor
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Specialist
  • Negotiator
  • Planning Director
  • Political Aide
  • Probation & Parole Officer
  • Public Service Announcement Director
  • Reader
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Speech Writer
  • Television Regulator/Censor
  • Translator
  • Public Administrator

Social Services

The way human services are communicated can affect how people use and evaluate those services. Social workers, counselors, and other similar professionals must be effective communicators.

  • Administrator
  • Community Action Director
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Grant Writer
  • Outreach Director
  • Public Administrator
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Community Affairs Liaison
  • Park Service Public Relation Specialist
  • Minister/Priest/Rabbi
  • Museum Director
  • Planning Director
  • Development Director
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Religious Leader
  • Lay Counselor
  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Social Services Administrator
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Youth Worker
  • Director of Non-profit
  • Philanthropic Representative

Education

A teacher of any subject has to effectively organize and deliver material to students. Great teachers are great communicators. Besides teaching, there are other education-related careers for example, Student Support Services at colleges are looking for those with excellence in communication.

  • Administrator
  • Audio/Visual Specialist
  • Camp Counselor
  • Development Officer/ Fund Raiser
  • Motivational Speaker
  • College Recruiter
  • Director of Collegiate Information
  • Educational Tester
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Instructional Program Designer
  • Mediator
  • Professor
  • College Placement Officer
  • College Admission Professional
  • Student Affairs
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Recruiter
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • School Counselor
  • Educational Consultant
  • Student Services Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Spokesperson for Education
  • Director of College News
  • University Information Specialist
  • College Advising
  • Alumni Affairs

List Assembled by the University of Arkansas Faculty and Staff

References

Winsor, J.L., Curtis, D.B., & Stephens, R.D. (1997). National preferences in business and communication education: A survey update. Journal of the Association for Communication Administrators, 3, pp. 170-179.