Graduates of the Hofstra University Department of Rhetoric are skillful communicators pursuing successful careers in a wide range of fields including media, law, education, government and politics, and business. Of those 2011-12 graduates of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication who responded to an alumni survey, 96 percent reported being employed or pursuing graduate studies. They reported an average annual income of $35,067. Graduates of our program hold positions such as:
- Digital Media Training, Inc. – Business Development Strategist
- Hunter College – Manager of IT Services Support Desk
- Ovando – Events Coordinator
- Adrenaline Entertainment – Owner
- Lynch Development Associates – Finance Manager
Many of our recent graduates are also currently enrolled in graduate programs at New York University, Hofstra University, Queens College, and George Washington University.
According to the National Communication Association, in addition to jobs in journalism, public relations, and television/film, graduates with a communication degree are qualified for career opportunities in areas including:
- Advertising (advertising or marketing specialist, cop writer, account executive, media planner, media buyer, creative director, public opinion researcher)
- Education (elementary or secondary school language arts coordinator, high school speech teacher, forensic/debate coach, drama director; also school/university information specialist, director of college news, educational tester, development officer, educational fundraiser, alumni officer, college placement officer, admissions director or recruiter)
- Theatre/Performing Arts/Dramatic Arts (performing artist, script writer, producer, director, performing arts educator, theatre critic, stage manager, casting director, arts administrator)
- Business (public information officer, negotiator, director of corporate communications, newsletter editor)
- Government/Politics (speech writer, public information officer, legislative assistant, campaign director, research specialist, lobbyist, press secretary, elected official)
- Social and Human Services (public administrator, human rights officer, community affairs liaison, public relations specialist, philanthropic representative)
--Adapted from “Pathways to Careers in Communication,” National Communication Association
*All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary and placement data reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University wide, school, division or department) To see the alumni outcome reports in its entirety, and all available data, go to the institutional research page.