MU recently released their latest destination study, and we have some bad news mixed with some semi-good news for Missouri School of Journalism students.
The bad news: the J-School average starting salary of post-graduates is the lowest of any school at MU. The average full-time annual salary for a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism is $31, 800–the standard of living is barely below that number. And these figures seem pretty low once you consider the amount of money J-Schoolers spend on tuition and equipment.
The (sort of) good news: the J-School is third from the bottom in terms of placement rate (those who have been hired or who are continuing their education). While this may not seem like very good news, it is actually an improvement from the last destination study we reported on, where the J-School was at the very bottom compared to other schools at Mizzou. And while the numbers looked more optimistic over a longer period of time, maybe this is a glimpse of an improving job market for young journalists.
So, while the numbers aren’t amazing for J-Schoolers about to enter the world of news and advertising, it’s headed in a positive direction. We didn’t get into this business for the money anyway, right?