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How will your journalism education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a journalism degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 512 brick and mortar journalism schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had journalism programs were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. University of California-Berkeley - located in Berkeley, California
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 16,986 students graduated with degrees in journalism. Of these students, 116 graduated from certificate programs in journalism, 14,991 graduated from undergraduate programs in journalism, and 1,879 graduated from graduate-level programs in journalism.


Students can pursue education in journalism at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Journalism
  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism
  • Master's Degree in Journalism
  • Doctoral Degree in Journalism
  • Certificate in Journalism

Journalism students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their journalism degree:

  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Broadcasting News and Reporting
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Print Newspaper Reporting
  • Observation


The average tuition at journalism schools around the nation was $23,203 per year in 2010. The following journalism schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920

The journalism schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491
  3. Stony Brook University - located in Stony Brook, New York, students paid $6,488

How will your journalism job compare?

A large number of journalism majors work as journalists after graduation. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 45,130 journalists. The following states have the largest number of journalists:

  1. New York - 4,120 Journalists
  2. California - 3,870 Journalists
  3. Texas - 2,600 Journalists

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for journalists to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Mississippi - 16%
  2. Tennessee - 12%
  3. Georgia - 10%


A journalist in the US earns $42,753 per year on average. However, the salary for a journalist can greatly vary based on factors such as your employer, professional associations and certifications or location. Approximately 10 percent of journalists earn less than $15,490 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $118,580 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a journalist:

  1. Washington DC - $69,570 per year
  2. New Jersey - $61,890 per year
  3. Massachusetts - $60,590 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for journalists are:

  1. North Dakota - $26,470 per year
  2. South Dakota - $26,510 per year
  3. Nebraska - $27,140 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Photographers 54,550 $35,980 -6.4%
Reporters and Correspondents 45,130 $43,780 -14.7%
Broadcast News Analysts 5,670 $72,710 -15.1%