Great Careers

Social advocacy is a growing field, and positions within organizations, non-profit companies and causes need individuals well versed in communication skills.

Communications Specialist - Businesses in both the public and private sector need people to facilitate the mechanics of the business. Communication majors learn how to use multiple forms of media to engage audiences, which makes them perfect candidates for these positions.

Fundraising - Lack of funds is often the reason many organizations are limited in what they can to do change social situations. This is why knowledge in advertising, communication, graphics, writing and media (all skills which communication majors learn) is essential for those who raise funds.

Development Officers - Many organizations look for individuals who can excite and engage others in the mission of their organization. These professionals meet with clients, communicate goals and raise funds or awareness for their organization.

Lobbyist - Lobbyists work for large firms, awareness groups, unions and businesses. These professionals advocate for their clients, which means they need excellent skills in communication, writing and critical thinking.

Law -  Social advocacy groups, like International Justice Mission, hire lawyers to represent criminalized, abused, enslaved or repressed people.

Social Worker - This career needs individuals who understand how to advocate, work for and protect some of society's most vulnerable populations.

Recruiter - Social groups, causes, colleges, universities, seminaries and graduate schools all need help recruiting. These positions require excellence in dialogue abilities, diligence, creative thinking and helpful attitudes.

Public Relations - This position requires mediation between an organization or company and the press. Protecting the company image is crucial, and can be done through many forms of media, which is why communication majors are great for these positions.

Public Affairs Officer - This job is similar to public relations and is usually a managerial role within a business or company.

Public Relations Writer - These individuals write press releases, manage social media and handle press related issues. Typically, these positions work within a larger public relations office.

Marketing Communications Specialist - Businesses in the public and private sector are always looking for professionals who can help them market their product. Specifically, they look for individuals who can use a variety of media in creative ways to market their products to specific demographics.

Special Events Coordinator - This type of marketing job requires individuals who can communicate with outside customers for a company, remain organized and still specialize in customer service.

Media Relations - Organizations, community development groups and social advocacy groups look for people to help them with marketing in television, radio, social media or other print material.

Media Coordinator - This position requires excellence in communication to coordinate marketing between different types of media. Companies hire media coordinators to work with internal communications as well as handle brand image, campaigns and marketing images.

Online Reporting - As the information becomes more of an online source, businesses want individuals who can write well, edit stories and quickly put material online. These positions can be freelance or positions within actual companies.

News Writer -  Social advocacy groups look for people who can capture stories, communicate messages and relay critical information in an engaging way. Magazines, newspapers, news channels, online reporting, business public relations and other venues want individuals who can quickly write news about or for the company.