What is communications?
Communication as an academic field relates to all that ways we communicate, so it embraces a knowledge. The information relates both to verbal and nonverbal messages.
Communication teachers and scholars have developed a definition of the field of communication to clarify it as a discipline for the public:
"the field of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and cross various context, cultures, channels and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication."
Did you know...
it is estimated that 75% of a person's day is spent communicating in some way. As a college student, 69% of your communication time in spent on speaking and listening. You spend 17% of your communication time on reading and 14% writing. To put it in another perspective; we listen a book a day, speak a book a week, read the equivalent book a month, and write the equivalent book a year.
there are many career paths that a person with Communication major can choose. Here are some job titles that former graduates with Communication majors hold. Use this as an ideas list, remember that is represents some, but certainly not all of the careers you might consider. Some careers may take additional schooling.
Public information officer
Vice-president human resources
Director of training and development
Industrial and labor relations
Customer service representative
Human resources manager
Account executive manager
Media sales representative
Language arts coordinator
Director of college news
High school speech forensics/debate coach
Speech communication department chairperson
Broadcasting station manager
Advertising sales coordinator
Director of broadcasting
Community relation director
News and relation manager
Talk show host
News service researcher
Corporate public affairs
Public opinion researcher
Lighting theatre critic
Performing arts educator
Public information officer writer
High Technology Industries:
Trainer for communication tech.
Circuit television producer/director
Audio & visual computer display specialist
Communication and Health Care:
Medical grants writer
Clinic public relations director
Health personnel educator
School health care administrator
Hospital director of communication
Health communication analyst
Medical training supervisor
Medical center publications editor
Health care counselor
International Relations and Negotiations:
On-Air international broadcasting
Student tour coordinator
Private practice lawyer
Mediation & negotiation specialist
Social and Human Services:
Community affairs liaison
Human rights officer
Park service public relations specialist