30 jobs in the PR and marketing world

Considering a major in communications? This list of the best public relations degrees can help you decide which college is best for you. Plus, check out our roundup of other current openings.

Choosing what you’ll study in college is a major life decision; selecting the best school for your chosen path can be equally as important.

For those with a knack for building relationships, a finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the world and a passion for writing, public relations could be the perfect career.

With so many colleges offering degrees in communications, though, it can be hard to determine which one best suits your individual needs and goals. Job placement rate, course rigor, education, financial aid and yearly tuition costs are all factors that can go into making this crucial decision.

College Choice shared its “30 best public relations degrees” list to help make your selection process a little bit easier.

It shares how it identified these colleges:

To find the best public relations degrees we first examined every program in the U.S. We narrowed our list by incorporating crucial key factors, such as reputation and retention. The latter reflects student satisfaction. From there we also looked at tuition rates and average graduate salaries to determine the return on investment.

To determine these outcomes, the report pulled data from “the university and colleges’ websites, PayScale, and nationally recognized U.S. News & World Report and The National Center for Education Statistics.”

Landing No. 1 on the list is the University of Southern California. Of particular interest to communications students is its esteemed USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Here is a complete list of the top 10:

  1. The University of Southern California
  2. The University of Florida
  3. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  4. The University of Texas at Austin
  5. California Baptist University
  6. Florida State University
  7. The University of Alabama
  8. North Carolina A&T State University
  9. The University of Memphis
  10. Boston University

See the full list here.

Already graduated and looking for a public relations career? The American Cancer Society seeks a public relations manager in Atlanta.

It summarizes the role:

Serves as a member of the Global Headquarters External Communications team, with primary responsibility for supporting ACS corporate alliances, handling communications activities in support of business unit or department priorities. Assists VP/directors in developing and implementing the tactical components and deliverables necessary to successfully fulfill communication plans and strategies. Responsible for the creation of written plans, correspondence with business units or partners, messaging, press materials or content for organizational communications or social media.

Not the job for you? See what else we have in our weekly professional pickings:

Communications specialist—Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health (Pennsylvania)

Senior manager of PR and social media—Staples Inc. (Massachusetts)

Group supervisor, media relations—NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (California)

Senior director, branding and communications—Arizona State University (Arizona)

Director, PR and communications—Pizza Hut (Texas)

Deputy editor, media and marketing—The Wall Street Journal (New York)

Press secretary for science—The Smithsonian Institute (Washington, D.C.)

Vice president of public relations—Panera Bread (Massachusetts)

Senior copywriter—University of California, Los Angeles (California)

Head of brand and PR—Swarovski (New York)

Media manager, marketing—Pandora (Maryland)

Senior communications manager—Citrix (United Kingdom)

Internal communications manager—Quicken Loans (Michigan)

Media relations director—University of Toronto (Canada)

Digital marketing coordinator—Bed Bath & Beyond (New Jersey)

Social media specialist—State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (Ohio)

Brand program manager—HP (Washington)

Marketing communications lead, publisher solutions—Facebook (United Kingdom)

Social media coordinator—LaCroix Sparkling Water (Florida)

Communications coordinator—The University of Georgia (Georgia)

Senior marketing manager—Cisco (Canada)

Director of internal communications—Fannie Mae (Washington, D.C.)

Senior associate—BODEN (Florida)

Marketing and communications manager—NWEA (Oregon)

Community outreach coordinator—HCA Healthcare (Tennessee)

Senior manager, brand communications—Hilton (Virginia)

Product marketing manager—IBM (North Carolina)

Brand growth manager—Kellogg Co. (Colorado)

Public policy manager—DJI (Washington, D.C.)

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