August 15, 2013

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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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City…
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