According to a new study out of Georgetown University (PDF), the unemployment rate for recent journalism graduates is actually much lower than the unemployment rate for the average recent college graduate.
The Georgetown study found that while 8.9 percent of recent college graduates are languishing in their parents’ basement after graduation, presumably watching “The View” as they chow through 2,000 calories worth of Haagen-Dazs, just 7.3 percent of recent journalism graduates are unemployed.
This is a much better employment outlook for journalism majors than we have come to expect for life after graduation from the Missouri School of Journalism. Last year’s MU Destination Study found that about half of recent Mizzou journalism grads were unable to find work or continue their education after graduation (though the J-School disputes that figure).
Last year’s Destination Study does match up with the Georgetown study when it comes to how much money you will actually make out there in the real world, and it’s similarly dispiriting.
A recent journalism graduate stands to make $33,000 starting out, according to Georgetown. Mizzou’s Destination Study reported that the average recent journalism graduate actually made closer to $31,000 at his or her first job.
But hey, it’s not like we came to the journalism school to follow the most lucrative career path. We wanted to follow the dreams planted in our minds by our favorite journalism movies!