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Total Degrees
Awarded in 2016
growing 2.64%
Median In-State
Public Tuition
growing 3.12%
Median Out-of-State
Private Tuition
growing 3.9%
Average Wage
growing 3.07%
People in Workforce
growing 3.69%
Average Employee Age
growing 1.06%


Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Communications and the types of students that study this field. The University of Texas at Austin awards the most degrees in graphic design in the US, but Carolina School of Broadcasting and Ohio Center for Broadcasting-Valley View have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Communications. Tuition costs for Communications majors are, on average, $7,103 for in-state public colleges, and $31,200 for out of state private colleges. The largest share of institutions with Communications programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions.


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Information on the businesses and industries that employ Communications graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Communications majors both by share and by number, though the highest paying industry for Communications majors, by average wage, is Rubber products, except tires, manufacturing .


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Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Communications in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Communications is 40, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelor's degree. Female employees are more likey to hold Communications degrees, and White students earn the majority (69,652) of the degrees.

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Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Communications field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Communications majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Communications majors need more than the average amount of Writing, Speaking, and Negotiation.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Communications majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Writing is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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