Journalist Careers

Career Overview

Journalists are also known as news analysts, reporters, or correspondents. Their job involves finding information regarding important stories, issues and events, then creating broadcasts and publications regarding that information. Journalists can report on information and issues on a local, state, national, and international scale. The information presented by journalists is critical in shaping public perception about current events, especially regarding political events, government officials, and economic events and figures.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Program Recommendations:


Employers also like to hire individuals with experience through internships or via volunteer work on college and high school newspaper and other publication staffs.


There are no state licensing requirements to be a journalist.
Careers for journalists

Top Schools for Journalists:

University of Georgia
University of California at Berkeley
University of Missouri
Syracuse University
St. Bonaventure University

Employment Trends

Average Salary for journalists: $34,850
Jobs in 2008 for journalists: 69,300
Projected employment openings for journalists through 2018: 64,900

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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