To date, we’ve asked 33 current and past public relations students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

No matter the degree, there are some common factors that predict satisfaction.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a public relations 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 public relations degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are public relations students compared to other degrees?

Overall, public relations students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.4 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, public relations students rate their happiness similarly to students in Public Health, Natural Resource Conservation and Related Studies and Social Sciences.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to public relations

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Healthcare Management$53,892
Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies$62,729
Health and Medical Administrative Services$54,333
Natural Resource Conservation and Related Studies$56,258
Public Relations$67,272
Public Health$47,273
Social Sciences$66,876
Zoology and Related Animal Studies$53,318
Political Science$84,780
Human Development$42,697

Let's break that down further.

Are public relations 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:
3.9 out of 5 stars
33 ratings
5 stars
24%
4 stars
42%
3 stars
27%
2 stars
0%
1 stars
3%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
31 ratings
5 stars
26%
4 stars
29%
3 stars
26%
2 stars
13%
1 stars
3%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in public relations 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 public relations graduates leave school with good job prospects?

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

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.5 out of 5 stars
30 ratings
5 stars
20%
4 stars
37%
3 stars
17%
2 stars
17%
1 stars
7%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were public relations 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:
3.4 out of 5 stars
33 ratings
5 stars
18%
4 stars
21%
3 stars
39%
2 stars
15%
1 stars
3%

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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