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**

*Simply Hired: Riverside County **Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

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