Photojournalism
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Overview
Photojournalism is a program that focuses on the use of still and motion photography in journalism and prepares individuals to function as news photographers and photographic editors. includes instruction in photography, journalism, studio procedures and techniques, camera and equipment operation and technique, news editing, print and film editing, news scene composition, subject surveillance, media law and policy, news team field operations, and professional standards and ethics.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($46K) with a Bachelor's Degree: University of Southern California
Career with the highest median salary ($101K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Computer and Information Systems Managers
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Careers for program graduates
Photojournalism majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
News Analysts, Reporters, and ...Specialized ManagersEditorsElementary and Middle School S...Lawyers, and judges, magistrat...Writers and AuthorsMarketing ManagersPublic Relations SpecialistsProducers and DirectorsChief executives and legislato...Customer Service Representativ...Market Research Analysts and M...First-Line Supervisors of Reta...Public relations and fundraisi...Education and childcare admini...Wholesale and Manufacturing Sa...Postsecondary TeachersSales ManagersSecretaries and Administrative...Management AnalystsLabor Relations SpecialistsRetail SalespersonsFirst-Line Supervisors of Offi...Project Management SpecialistsReal estate brokers and sales ...First-Line Supervisors of Non-...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0501001500-1 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's Degree
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Completions over time
Have completions for journalism changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in photojournalism doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field journalism, which includes photojournalism.
Median starting salaries
$34K$42K$0$20K$40K$60KMaster'sBachelor's
Median cumulative loan amount
$23K$42K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KMaster'sBachelor's
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for journalism majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
$59K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Distribution: journalism majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's injournalism by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$55K$66K$82K$75K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in journalism
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in journalism. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 25% of journalism majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of journalism majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.
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Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
19%36%50%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Careers
Top careers for those with a degree in journalism
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism (which combines 6 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists
  2. Specialized Managers
  3. Editors
  4. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  5. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and similar judicial professionals
  6. Writers and Authors
  7. Marketing Managers
  8. Public Relations Specialists
  9. Producers and Directors
  10. Chief executives and legislators
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Careers for journalism majors
Where do journalism majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in journalism
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by journalism graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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News Analysts, Repor...Specialized ManagersEditorsElementary and Middl...Lawyers, and judges,...Writers and AuthorsMarketing ManagersPublic Relations Spe...Producers and Direct...Chief executives and...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire journalism majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire journalism majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by journalism majors.
JournalismAll other degreesNews Analysts, Reporters,...EditorsBroadcast Announcers and ...Public relations and fund...Public Relations Speciali...Writers and AuthorsProducers and DirectorsProofreaders and Copy Mar...PhotographersSpecialized Media and Com...Advertising and Promotion...Television, video, and fi...Technical WritersSpecialized Entertainers,...Advertising Sales AgentsMarket Research Analysts ...Marketing ManagersWeb DevelopersFundraisersActorsAtmospheric and Space Sci...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer photojournalism degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Careers for journalism majors
journalism is part of a larger collection of programs: Communications, including journalism, multimedia, film, and radio. Is there a different program that's close to journalism that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in photojournalism earned in the last academic year, 72% were women.
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
58%42%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 73% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$64K$56K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For journalism graduates, men have a 14% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 72% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all photojournalism graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 62% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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International
Not Reported
Multiracial
American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
White
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 72% of other programs.