A degree in Journalism or Technical Communication provides numerous employment possibilities. Although the two programs have a variety of concentrations, each one stresses writing, technology and the creation of visuals to communicate a message to an intended audience.
Journalism students may communicate to large, broad-based audiences through news publications, public relations firms and blog sites. However, there are many niche fields, such as specialized magazines, internal employee communication and local newspaper partnerships that provide career opportunities.
Technical Communication majors combine writing and visuals to produce traditional video programs, interactive media, mobile and social media and technical documents in print and online formats. Career possibilities are diverse, but usually involve some form of technology. Whether creating a message for a mobile device, a website, an online training program or a streaming video, audience identification is paramount. Knowledge and skills learned in COM-based classes allow technical communicators to work in many industries: corporate, government, education, broadcast and nonprofit.