When you think of someone studying Communication, you might think they want to be on T.V. or on the radio. While that may be true, the field of Communication is so broad that someone studying it could have a career goal of doing any number of things from being in public relations, to working with autistic children, and a lot of career choices in between.
- You want to better understand what you hear and be able to put it into a message you, another person, or a group of people can use.
- You possess strong written and speaking skills.
- You're genuinely helpful and caring; want to be able to teach or inform others; and have an insatiable curiosity about the things that go on around you. If those qualities describe you, you would probably enjoy studying to get a certificate in Communication. If so, you can look forward to having a wide open field when it comes to choosing a career.
Those who graduate with at least a communication certificate can be found in many different career roles including marketing researchers, designers, editors, speech therapists, life coaches, and journalists to name just a few. It's because of this vast array of career possibilities that many students are drawn to study in the field of Communication each year.
If you intend to earn a certificate in Communication, a formal study in the field will be necessary. It's possible to start at the junior college level and earn an Associates degree in Communication after only two years, however most of your course work will be done in basic prerequisite courses with your foundational Communication courses peppered in closer to the end of your second year of study. Some of those courses will include (but aren't limited to) Broadcast Communications, Writing for Television and Radio, Scriptwriting, Speechwriting, and Business Communications.
Graduating from a junior college after two years of study in the Communication field will earn you an Associate of Arts degree in Communication and will give you the basic foundation you'll need to if you intend to go into writing; wither for print media or for television and radio and will also serve as a stepping stone should you decide to go on to get your degree in the field.
And, not only does an degree qualify you to write for print media, television, radio, or film, you'll also learn valuable written and spoken communication skills that will be sought by businesses who need someone to write their day-to-day business material such as memos, employee manuals, and speeches.
Because of the technologically advanced world we now live in, the field of communication is one that's continually growing and expanding. The field of Communication is growing at an exciting rate and students with degrees in the field stand to continue to earn more money with each passing year. The journalistic community continues to be in need of well-trained journalists and, because journalism continues to grow and expand into the online world, the need for good journalists who are internet savvy and can write for the online community will continue to expand as well. There's also a continually growing need for professionals who can write well in every sector of the business world.
Whether you decide to study for a certificate or degree the fact that you are taking that first step is what matters.
With a communication certificate it will open up lots of possibilities as it is essential for almost every industry. Business professionals including marketers, managers and HR all need the ability to communicate more effectively with their team of co-workers. Starting your certificate training will allow you to see if this is a career you would like to be part of. If you enjoyed your education then you can always advance and transfer to a school that offers either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Communication (some even offer a Master’s degree level). Below are just some of the different careers you can look into once you receive your training.
Human Resources – As you might expect the role of an HR manager means you’ll be dealing with employees on a daily basis where communication is key. You’ll need both written and verbal communication skills to handle this role. You’ll likely be dealing with staffing issues where verbal warnings are legally crafted to protect the business. The employees you’ll be dealing with need to perfectly understand what you are telling them to avoid any issues. You also might need to present to large groups of employees and you’ll learn how to effectively speak and give presentations clearly.
Marketing & Corporate Communications – Effective corporate communications couldn’t be more important than if you are looking into a career in marketing. Communication doesn’t mean always verbally. As a marketer you’ll need to visually be able to communicate your idea to your audience. If you are an account manager then you’ll need good communication skills to not only listen to clients but also be able to work with them to communicate your ideas. If you manage a team of marketers then teamwork and communication are the key to your success.
News/Journalism - The TV and production industry couldn’t exist if it wasn’t for great communicators. A certificate in communication is the first step if this is the industry you would like to go into. Journalists need to be able to ask the right questions and ask them in a way to get the best response. They also might be on television doing an interview or Q&A where properly and clearly communicating with the subject you are interviewing is a must.
Teachers – All teachers need the ability to work with all different types of students. Some students learn faster than others and some need more personalized attention. It will be up to you to clearly be able to communicate with the student in a way that allows them to learn at their highest potential.
Selecting a school is easier than you might think. Below are some of the top topics and areas to look into for each school. Not all schools are the same so the key is to find the right school that matches your needs as it relates to communications.
Online or Campus Based – The first factor when finding a school that offers communication certificate training is determining if you prefer to learn online or hands-on at a campus. Communication programs aren’t as hands-on as more trade school or technical related programs so choosing either option would work. An online program gives you the flexibility of still working during the day. The cost of a communication certificate program will probably be less with an online school than campus.
Courses Covered – One area to research once you request information from the school is to find out what areas your certificate training covers. It could cover English related topics, copywriting, giving presentations, working in teams, etc. Make sure it covers topics you are interested in. Also some schools have specialized programs in communications.
Tuition Costs – Before enrolling in any school you’ll want to find out their tuition fees and costs. Most communication certificate programs will be affordable. It isn’t until you start getting into your AA or BA degree programs that the tuition costs raise. This is due to the fact you’ll need 60 credits for your AA and 120 for your BA in communications.
Scholarships – Some of the schools might offer scholarships or tuition payment plays. If you are in the military or family of the military you might get reduced tuition costs so make sure to tell them before you enroll.
It is important to realize that you need to take your time when researching communication schools. We recommend looking at our site, looking at the schools and requesting information from only those you feel will be a good fit. Then you might have 2-3 schools to compare. We hope you find the perfect communication training.
National Communication Association
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication