Our society is highly connected through different forms of communication from smartphones to tablets to computers. Radio, Television, and Digital Communication is a field that teaches you how to plan, produce, and distribute all different forms of communication through numerous communication channels. As part of the curriculum, students will take classes to learn about the evolving technology used in production, the historical and cultural impact of media, communication theory and criticism, and the laws and policies surrounding media.
Depending on the college you choose, you may also have the ability to specialize in either Radio and Television or Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
Students interested in pursuing a career in Radio, Television, and Digital Communication are often creative and have strong writing and oral communication skills. Since most information will be directed at the general public, it is important to write clearly and concisely. Computer and technology skills are also helpful.
Depending on your career choice, work hours can vary. While producers rarely work set hours and often work on evenings and weekends, graphic designers or communications specialists may have more set schedules.
Communication fields are competitive, making previous experience a necessity. Many campuses have radio or television stations that give students the ability to practice their communication skills. Internships or summer jobs provide students with valuable experience that will make them more attractive to employers. Internships also allow students to meet people in the business who will make great contacts once they begin their career.
A degree in Radio, Television, and Digital Communication offers many job options to graduates. Previous graduates work for news conglomerates, motion picture studios, and communication agencies. Some possible career options with this degree include fields such as digital media specialist, digital communications specialist, radio or television producing, reporting, announcing, and public relations.
As the possible channels of communication increase, career options have increased. Careers in radio and television are increasing at a slower than average pace, while digital media is increasing at an average pace.
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication majors can expect an average starting salary of $33,333 and a mid-career salary of $56,093.