Job market for journalism graduates shows improvement

The just-released annual journalism jobs survey from the University of Georgia found:

* The job market for graduates of U.S. journalism/mass communication programs showed modest signs of improvement.
* Still, 2011 graduates faced more limited job prospects than did grads four years earlier.
* Graduates landing full-time jobs reported slightly higher salaries than did graduates a year earlier.
* 2011 graduates actually earned significantly less than did the 2006 graduates in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The report notes:

The 2012 graduates do have at least one finding that may help them generate some optimism. The level of employment of the 2011 graduates increased over the seven months for which survey results were tabulated. The 2011 graduated started off where the 2010 graduates ended in terms of level of employment and built up a bit from it.

The full report is here and the press release is after the jump.

Job market for journalism graduates shows improvement
Annual study was conducted by UGA’s James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research

Athens, Ga. – The job market for graduates of the nation’s journalism and mass communication programs showed signs of improvements in 2011 and 2012 continuing the trend from a year earlier, according to a report released today by researchers at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The findings, which were based on responses from 2,195 graduates, were delivered at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Chicago.

The gains in the job market were modest, the researchers said, and 2011 graduates faced more limited job prospects than did graduates four years earlier.

The 2011 graduates were more likely to report having a job upon graduation, more likely to report having a full-time job and more likely to be working in communication than were graduates a year earlier. While most graduates reported having an in-person job interview, the percentage was unchanged from a year ago.
Graduates landing a full-time job reported slightly higher salaries than did graduates a year earlier, but the gain just slightly beat the rate of inflation, and the improvement in salaries was the first reported by bachelor degree recipients since 2006.

Because of inflation, the 2011 graduates actually earned significantly less than did the 2006 graduates in inflation-adjusted dollars. For the most part, graduates reported benefits packages in 2011 comparable to those reported by 2010.

Graduates in 2011 with a job were no more likely than graduates of a year earlier to report that they selected their job because it allowed them to meet career goals, but they were more likely to report being satisfied with the job they held. Graduates were just slightly more likely to report being satisfied with their career choice.

* Read the full report (with color charts)

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