What Can You Do With an Organizational Communication Degree?

Posted: August 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM CDT

Develop your communication skillsAs a prospective student considering a degree in organizational communication, you may hear a common question from your family and friends: “What are you going to do after you graduate?” The answer to this question is endless. The online Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Relational Communication from the University of Nebraska at Kearney will equip you with an understanding of communication theories and skills to become a professional and ethical communicator in a rapidly changing and diverse global environment.

Having strong communication skills is important in every industry and is a requirement listed on most job descriptions. Knowing how to communicate with your audience is essential to success, whether you are selling products, building relationships, or simply developing ideas.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and apply professional written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate and apply relevant professional oral and visual communication skills.
  • Apply communication-related concepts to contemporary issues and everyday life.
  • Demonstrate informational literacy including how to gather, evaluate, and interpret information.

The organizational communication degree focuses on communication within the context of a business or organization, which does not require the math component typical of most programs associated with business. The program is ideal for those who already have a job but want to continue to grow within their organization as well as those just starting out in their educational journey who simply have a passion for communication. Below are some jobs that graduates of this program often pursue with their expertise.

Career Opportunities

Human Resources Specialist: The responsibilities for this job revolve around recruitment, placement, and employee retention. Job duties may include interviewing, orientation, or benefits administration. As a human resources specialist, you would typically be the link between the employer and employee from the time they fill out an application until they are through the hiring process. 


Corporate Trainer: If you have a desire to help people better themselves, or if you enjoy teaching but prefer the business world, a corporate trainer may be a good career fit. Corporate trainers have the role of training new employees, teaching new methods to current employees, or helping people transition during a corporate merger. 


Recruiter: Most organizations view recruiters as being responsible for the entire recruiting process: finding potential candidates, screening and interviewing, and recommending job placement. Recruitment resources often include community networking events, social media, online job listings, and advertising/marketing programs—all of which require the communication skills learned in the organizational communication program. This can be a very rewarding and fulfilling career, as you would become a major contributor to both the growth and success of the company.


Event Planner: Whether planning a wedding, business conference, or fundraiser, the event planner handles all logistics of the event from the initial planning stages until its completion. Event planners must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as organizational skills and the ability to work well with others. In this career, you would work with vendors, clients, and guests as you plan details such as booking a location, setting the budget, deciding on meals, or developing the timeline for the event. 


Career/Life Coach: As a life coach, you would be responsible for guiding people who aren’t quite sure what they want to do with their lives. Career or life coaches assist people in how to set goals and plan tasks. They ensure progress by helping people take control of their own plans. The organizational communication degree is a great fit for people wanting to enter this career field, as it is imperative to have good communication skills to be successful. 


Communications Specialist: If you are looking for a career using communication skills to work with the media or the public, a communications specialist is a great option. Communications Specialists handle public relations, information output, press releases, social media, and often advertising for their company. In this role, you would ultimately sell the message of the company to everyone you interact with through speaking or writing.  

Students in the online program at UNK will complete classes such as Leadership Communication, Public Relations Strategy, and Logic Argumentation and Reasoning, taught by the same award-winning faculty who teach on campus. Whether you choose a Public Relations, General Business, Spanish, or Human Interaction support track, the B.S. in Organizational and Relational Communication from UNK will help fine-tune your communication skills and set you on track to achieve your personal and career goals. 

Get started on your organizational communication degree! Request information or give us a call today at 1-800-865-6388 or email ecampus@unk.edu.


By: Stacey Schwarz

Category: eCampus, General

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