Study finds more than a quarter of journalism grads wish they’d chosen another career

University of Georgia | CNNMoney

About 28 percent of journalism grads wish they’d chosen another field, the annual survey of grads by the University of Georgia’s Grady College says.

“That it is a significant percent cannot be doubted,” the study’s authors write.

No standard from other fields exists for this question, however, and it seems likely that some graduates would be unhappy with their career choice regardless of which one they had selected. The match between expectation and actual job prospects is unlikely to ever be perfect. One in 20 of the journalism and mass communication graduates each year indicates that she or he had selected the field without ever intending to go into it.

Median salaries ticked up to $32,000 for2012 bachelor’s degree recipients. For master’s degree holders, median salaries were $40,000, the same as last year.

The Midwest had lowest median salaries for bachelor’s degree holders, and the Northeast had the highest.

Finally, in a contribution to the debate over whether journalism education is relevant to the needs of the workplace, Grady’s study found that most journalism grads felt their instructors and facilities were up to date.

CNNMoney’s Wenqian Zhu highlights another important finding from the study:

About 66% of 2012 journalism graduates landed a full-time job roughly six to eight months after graduation, up from 62% in 2011. It was … also a big jump from 56% in 2009, during the depths of the recession, when the number of graduates that landed a job was at the lowest point in two decades.

Poynter’s never-ending series on journopay: Starting salary for j-school grads rises to $41K, on average | Why an ‘average’ journalism grad’s salary might not be an average salary where you work | Are journalism grads really earning starting salaries of $41k? | Gov. stats: Median salary for reporters $35K, $52K for editors | Reporters make 8 percent less than typical Americans (or maybe they make more) | Reporters: Move to Georgia, avoid Nebraska | Study: J-school grads’ unemployment rate better than average

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  • bleedingheart67

    That is considerably higher than I might expect!

  • Steve Doig

    And this is news? In looking at the graph I see that the regret rate hasn’t changed
    much since they began asking the question in 1999. And based on the level
    of grumbling and defections to PR, law school and such that I saw back in
    my newsroom days, I think the regret rate was about the same decades ago.
    Journalism isn’t for everyone, and some discover that a bit late.

  • Kelsonus

    When there’s so little journalism being practiced nationwide, what does one expect?
    #4thBranchFail

  • Carrie Buchanan

    I agree with sjdahlman. Study finds 75% of journalism grads pleased with their choice. That’s amazing!

  • sjdahlman

    Alternative headline: “Study finds more than two-thirds of journalism grads are OK with career choice.”

  • JTFloore

    are there similar career-choice studies for other occupations? how do they compare to this one?