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The field of communications embraces all ways that we communicate such as verbal, written, or artistic; and either explicit such as in technical writing, or abstract as in theater and music.

A Communications Major can approach a career from several angles.  Jobs can fall under public relations which build relations with important public entities such as media, investors, or analysts.  The Public Relations Society of America sets standards and upholds principles of ethics for the public relations profession.

Editors often become language connoisseurs who work for publishing companies such as book or magazine editors, or newspapers and online publications.

Technical writers develop a flair by using their ability to take highly technical and field-specific terms and reduce them to laymen terminology.  This pertains to writing user manuals such as for all the various owner manuals needed in electronics or appliances.

Those who pursue a journalism career have the choice of print, television, radio, or online journalism by either writing the news, reporting it orally, or both.  Some specialize in foreign affairs, or business or consumer reporting.

Another option is radio, television, and broadcasting.  These occupations include broadcasting station manager, disc jockey, talk show host, comedy writer, broadcast orchestra member, or actor or actress.

Scholars have defined communication (from Latin “communis,” meaning “to share”):

"The field .. [which] focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media.  The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication".


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