To date, we’ve asked 75 current and past journalism students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

There’s likely at least a few majors you could see yourself in.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a journalism degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a journalism degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are journalism students compared to other degrees?

Overall, journalism students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 2.9 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, journalism students rate their happiness similarly to students in Engineering Technologies, Registered Nursing and Chemical Engineering.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to journalism

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Physical Education and Related Studies$49,589
Kinesiology$46,240
Chemical Engineering$103,809
Engineering Technologies$79,776
Journalism$68,439
Registered Nursing$62,943
Hospitality Management and Related Studies$57,109
Nursing Science$63,465
Communicative Disorders$43,714
Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies$64,136

Let's break that down further.

Are journalism students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
94 ratings
5 stars
21%
4 stars
35%
3 stars
31%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
1%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
94 ratings
5 stars
15%
4 stars
32%
3 stars
31%
2 stars
17%
1 stars
4%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in journalism experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did journalism graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what journalism grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.9 out of 5 stars
93 ratings
5 stars
10%
4 stars
20%
3 stars
30%
2 stars
20%
1 stars
17%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were journalism students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
2.9 out of 5 stars
75 ratings
5 stars
13%
4 stars
12%
3 stars
39%
2 stars
17%
1 stars
16%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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