Journalism graduates faced a challenging job market in 2020 due to the pandemic, but the market is picking up again. April 2021 saw a 418% increase year-over-year in job postings directly related to journalism programs. The highest volume of postings were for reporters, followed by multimedia journalists. Wages are below the national average, yet unemployment is low as well, at 3% nationally.
Our analysis of the top skills listed in journalism job postings indicates a shift in the profession that reflects the growing presence of advanced technology in the general workforce. Knowledge of Search Engine Optimization is listed in more journalist postings currently than copyediting and general journalism skills, with blogging a very close second. Experience in Adobe Suite follows, with skills in content creation and research lagging behind.