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Mass communication Career Scope, Eligibility and Job Prospects


Until the advent of TV, media meant newspapers and magazines, and journalism was a public service calling. With changing mores of economy, media is now diverse in form and ownership. The rise of new media has created a whole range of new possibilities, and profiles such as Disc Jockeys or Radio Jockeys are not so unusual. A degree in mass communication opens up opportunities in Journalism, Public relations and advertising, as a career. But remember a solid command over the language is crucial for success.

Difference between Mass Communication and Journalism Although some might confuse Mass Communication with journalism, but as the name suggests mass communication is all about disseminating information to the masses at local, national or international levels with or without a necessary intent. On the other hand, Journalism is more about informing people about something meaningful. Journalism is more predictable in its approach in which the emphasis is on information and facts, but Mass communication is more about letting the creative bug make the better of you.

There may not be clear cut differences between the two but Journalism is more bent towards news reporting for newspapers, magazines or television, while mass communication is a much broader field encompassing radio, graphics, films, television, online media, documentary, events, advertising, corporate communications and so on.

Eligibility Criteria for Mass Communication Courses
Although the eligibility criteria will vary from college to college but mostly depend on the below mentioned factors:
Arrow Undergraduate courses: Mostly undergraduate courses only required the successful completion of Class XII from any board.
Arrow Post Graduate courses: A postgraduate course would require the candidate to be below 30 years of age and the completion of a Bachelors degree in any discipline. Some would also prefer work experience in some media related work.

Job Prospects
As one can the industry is doing quite well for itself and is predicted to do well for some years now. The students of this trade can look forward to working in public relations, television, films, publishing, journalism, editing, direction, etc. The thing to remember while applying to the industry is that people with strong people skills and a head for communication will be preferred any give day over others. The job requires the aspirants to be skillful, energetic and alsocreative. Following are the various job profiles offered to graduates in mass communication:

Arrow Sound Engineer
Arrow Film Director
Arrow Public Relations Officer
Arrow Sound Mixer and Sound Recorder
Arrow Special Correspondent
Arrow TV Correspondent
Arrow Producer
Arrow Radio Jockey/ RJ
Arrow Screenwriter
Arrow Art Director
Arrow Editor
Arrow Event manager
Arrow Video Jockey
Arrow Fashion Photographer Cartoonist
Arrow Illustrator
Arrow Critic
Arrow Photojournalist

Also on completing their graduation in Mass Communication the aspirants of the field can look forward to working with the following types of companies and areas:
Arrow AIR – All India Radio
Arrow Circulation and Public Relations
Arrow Central Information Service
Arrow Legal Affairs Department
Arrow Journals
Arrow News Agencies
Arrow Press Information Bureau
Arrow Photography Companies
Arrow TV Channels
Arrow Radio Telecasting Companies
Arrow Websites Periodicals and Magazines
Arrow Newspapers
Arrow Advertising Agencies
Arrow Books and Novels
Arrow Blogs
Arrow Broadcasting Corporations

Pay Scale
Attractive and high paying jobs as journalist, actor, director, editor, screenwriter, RJ, producer, VJ are available to the talented and trained individuals. Starting salary for a mass communication professional could be between Rs 12,000 and 25,000 depending your people and communication skills. After 5 Years of work experience a professional can expect higher salary in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,00,000 per month.

Top Institutes to pursue Mass Communication in India
Arrow Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune
Arrow AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Arrow Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
Arrow Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
Arrow Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal
Arrow Xavier Institute of Communication (XIC), Mumbai
Arrow Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore