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Careers in Communication - Military

Communication major careers can involve many types of jobs in marketing, advertising, media and more. But all these communication careers are based on being an effective writer. Developing written material, doing research and using appropriate interview sources, rewriting material, choosing the right phrasing or developing creative ways to communicate material for different publics are just some of the duties that communication careers demand. There are also communication major careers in the military.

Career Outlook

Communication major careers are available to those enrolled in the military science program of Florida Tech. Communication majors receive education in print and electronic publishing, both of which equip the graduate with the skill set necessary to engage in a wide range of possible career choices. The military science program at Florida Tech prepares Army ROTC cadets for many roles in the military including commissioned officers in the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. Military science program graduates can pursue communication major careers and work in the world of communications both during and after their active service.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides detailed information about hundreds of careers, including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. According to the bureau, employment in communication careers is expected to grow six percent through 2020, as online websites, blogs, social media, online publications and other digital media outlets remain important tools for corporate communications.

In the past decade or two, the military has entered the world of advertising and marketing for recruitment, as well as expanded the manner in which they communicate with the media, and the world. Communication major careers in internal and external communications are available in many branches of the military.

Career Options

Members of the Armed Forces work in many different careers both while in active duty and during post-military service. Officers typically lead troops in combat operations, serve as supervisors and managers of enlisted personnel in a variety of areas, operate and control equipment and serve as professionals for the military in medical, legal, engineering and other fields.

Communication major careers in the military include media and public affairs personnel who present military information and events to the public. This position could include duties such as taking photographs, making video programs, presenting news and music programs or producing artwork and other visual displays. Other public affairs specialists act as interpreters and translators to convert foreign languages into English or other languages.

Other jobs include:

  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Public Information Officer
  • Music Director
  • Audiovisual and Broadcast Director
  • Communications Manager
  • Satellite Operations Officer
  • Signal Officer
  • Trainer at Officer Candidate School
  • Training and Education Director
  • Chief, Contingency Planning and Force Readiness
  • Emergency Management Officer
  • International Relations Officer (Combining the concept of communications with the reality of national security)

Post military jobs include:

  • Strategic Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Editing and Copywriting
  • Document Design
  • Web Design
  • Multimedia Development
  • Writing & Editing
  • Event Planning
  • Corporate Training
  • Market Research

Communication major careers in the military combine the creative and communication arts with the opportunity to be of service to your country.