Associate Degree in Communication Studies


Public relations assistant, $50,000*

Radio promotions assistant, $34,000*

Marketing assistant, $42,000*

Special events coordinator, $38,000*

Development officer, fundraiser, $33,000*

News reporter, $44,360**

Public relations specialist, $63,030**

Editor, $62,820**

Media and Communication Workers, All Other $52,021.08***

Postsecondary Teacher $99,925.13***

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $121,451.63***

Public Relations Specialists $60,085.62***

Social and Community Service Managers $70,867.30***

*Simply Hired: Riverside County

**Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

***Source: EMSI, 2021.1 dataset for San Bernardino and Riverside counties 

Career Info

An associate of arts in communication studies degree can lead to a variety of positions in communications-related industries, including journalism, public relations, broadcasting, teaching, sales, law, politics, advertising, marketing and business. The communication degree prepares graduates for a communication program at most CSU campuses, and students’ foundational skills prepare them to branch out into an array of upper division or graduate specializations.

Potential Careers

  • Journalist/reporter
  • Public relations officer
  • Marketing specialist
  • Broadcast news reporter
  • Grant writer
  • Social media specialist
  • Newsletter editor
  • Teacher
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Fundraising officer
  • Freelance writer
  • Editorial assistant
  • Human resources officer
  • School counselor
  • Librarian
  • Customer service representative
  • Community affairs liaison
  • Graphic designer