Every year, the Grady College of Journalism conducts a job survey of journalism school graduates. Their survey of 2008 graduates showed hiring was down, as expected. (The 2009 survey is going on now.)
But the survey shows some other interesting things about who’s getting hired, what their duties are, and how much they earn:
- Two-thirds of j-grads who got hired say they write, edit and design for the Web as part of their job.
- 78 percent say they use the Web for research on the job.
- 35 percent use the Web in promotion.
- 24 percent say they create and use blogs.
- 24 percent say they produce and edit images for the Web.
- 24 percent say they work on social network sites for their employer.
- 79 percent of newspaper graduates say at least part of their job is writing and editing for the Web.
- 66 percent of magazine graduates say at least part of their job is writing and editing for the Web.
- The average starting salary for a graduate working primarily online: $33,000
- At a daily newspaper: $29,000
- At a magazine: $28,000
- At a weekly newspaper: $26,000