May 19, 2010

There hasn’t been a lot of great employment news for journalists in the past couple of years. But here’s a glimmer: According to a recent University of California San Diego Extension report, one of the hot jobs for new graduates is actually in journalism: feature writing for the Web.

“Hot careers for College Graduates 2010” is based on “enrollment figures, national employment
statistics and interviews with San Diego business executives,” the report says. The jobs report [PDF] cites the University of Southern California Annenberg School’s Center for Digital Future report, which said that readership of newspaper websites is the highest it has ever been, up from 41 minutes a week to 53 in just one year.

The study does not address issues such as pay, numbers of jobs available and the like. There are several medical jobs on the list, as one would expect, given an aging population and a new health-care plan. But seeing a journalism job on such a list is novel. Plus, there are a couple of jobs on the list of 14 for which journalism skills are easily transferable.

There’s also a need for “self-enrichment educators,” a field that the report says is expected to grow 32 percent by 2018. The hot jobs report says: “The leading self-enrichment courses encompass life skills, recreation, academic subjects, computer software and hardware, and foreign languages. Students have an increasing demand for topics on self improvement, personal finance, computers and Internet-related subjects.” Those subjects are tailor-made for some beat reporters, and the teachers seem more likely to be experienced professionals than new graduates.

The report lacks empirical data and doesn’t deal with earning opportunities, but I nonetheless found it refreshing to see journalism show up on the list.

Career questions? E-mail Joe for an answer.

Coming Monday:
A resume is not just about your work — it’s a sample of your work.

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Joe Grimm is a visiting editor in residence at the Michigan State University School of Journalism. He runs the JobsPage Website. From that, he published…
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