Have you ever thought just how good your communication skills are, especially when compared to the people around you?
Whether you’re thinking about verbal communication and the way you present and carry yourself in a face-to-face conversation, or even via digital means, such as instant messages, emails, video calls and traditional phone calls, there are plenty of jobs and career paths out there that are ideal for individuals with your skill sets.
Today, we’re going to explore a full range of jobs and career paths you could take if you’re interested in maximizing the use of your communication talents onto a path that you can excel on.
#1 – Journalist (Broadcast)
To kick this list, we’ve chosen what is perhaps one of the career paths where communication is essential. There are so many channels and mediums out there that you could join, and thanks to the internet, there are so many different niches that you could find work.
For example, you could be podcasting about the latest gaming and entertainment news; you could be live on the air reporting the daily news either locally or nationally, or even covering the latest celebrity gossip or travel updates. This is a career full of opportunities for you to do what you want in a niche that you’re passionate about.
However, while there are many versions of a journalist, such as the ones in a studio who read a teleprompter and can look at hints from producers etc, a broadcast journalist is someone who is out in the field, typically with just a cameraman and your own initiation, making communication even more essential for this role.
Average salary: $40,000 for television, $20,000 for newspaper
#2 – Publicist (PR)
If you’re looking for a bit of potential limelight in your career while still maximizing your opportunities with your communication skills, a PR or Publicist position could be ideal for you. Generally, you’ll be working with big names, celebrities, and businesses who need to make sure that they are able to maintain a positive image in the public eye.
This means you’ll be responsible for communicating with the press and media outlets in person while writing up press releases to be released to journalists and publications. In this position, you need to make sure that you’re able to write and speak effortlessly and comprehensively with these parties, as well as having the ability to networking seamlessly at events and make new and important connections.
Average salary: $44,500 per year
#3 – Radio DJ
While we’re on the topic of media careers, have you ever considered yourself to be extremely talented at just communicating with your voice? If you’ve got a captivating personality and a voice that’s clear and renowned, then becoming a radio DJ could be the ideal career path for you.
Being a radio DJ, or host is a very interesting position to have since nobody knows what you look like, what qualifications or degrees you have or what subjects you have studied. You’re simply there to entertain and to help people enjoy their lives, whether they’re at work, at home or commuting in between.
Average salary: $27,000 per year
#4 – Lawyer
Have you ever imagined yourself standing in a courtroom while talking about evidence, conviction or justice? As a lawyer, it’s essential that you have outstanding and superior communication skills in order to convey your points and facts and potentially complex concepts that need to be explained to a judge, jury, and members of the courtroom.
You will also need to ensure that you’re able to communicate in a calm and collected way and are able to withstand pressure from other parties. Of course, training to be a lawyer can take a long time, and it’s highly recommended that you’re an academic person before pursuing this career path. However, the pay-offs at the end are incredibly worthwhile.
Average salary: $160,000 per year
#5 – Translation
Thanks to the hyper-connected state of the world that we live in, which is only ever going to get increasingly connected, more and more countries are becoming intertwined with one another, and more and more people are becoming connected. However, the internet is still, relatively speaking, in its early stages, and there are still major language barriers that need to be overcome.
For example, businesses that are operating in English-speaking countries may wish to expand into foreign markets, which will require all their content being translated. If you’re fluent in several languages and an excellent communicator, this could be the ideal job for you.
However, you don’t just have to translate online content. You could travel to schools, businesses, individuals and even high-flying CEOs to help them translate and have a conversation with anybody else in the world without issue.
With these two forms of translating in mind, both of which require absolutely essential communication skills, the average wage can vary dramatically, but in some cases, this may even be your opportunity to travel the world!
Average salary: $46,500 per year
#6 – Content Writing
If verbal communication isn’t really your thing, but writing is, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to get out there and put your skills to the best use possible. When you search and browse the internet, every single bit of text that you see has been written by somebody. If you’re reading blog posts, articles, website content or any form of entertaining or business-related content, this has been created by a content writer.
So, if you’ve got a passion for writing and the ability to formulate ideas, concepts, and subjects into a comprehensive and understandable format that people are going to love, this could be the ideal career path for you. There are many opportunities available, whether you’re working for a company, or self-employed and securing your own clients.
Average salary: $20,000 per year
#7 – Copywriting
Slightly different to content writing, copywriting is writing with the sole aim of marketing or advertising a business, product or service to the reader of the content and, therefore, requires a different kind of communication skills to typical blog or article writers.
Typically, you’ll be writing blogs posts and articles, but you could also be writing product descriptions, webpage content, book blurbs, sales reports, podcast or video scripts and any other form of marketing content you can imagine. You may even take things one step further and try writing books, eBooks and other kinds of long-form content.
Of course, a marketing style of writing requires you to be persuasive and direct with your readers while having the ability to understand what the customer is looking for and what approach will best convince them to make a purchase. This is why this level of communication requires you to understand people in-depth.
Average salary: $27.85 per hour
#8 – Teacher
Of course, excellent communication skills are an essential trait for a teacher to have, especially when they’re trying to educate 20-30 students in a single class. There is a still a lot of flexibility when it comes to being a teacher since you can opt to teach children from younger ages, the years where they are starting school, all the way through to university students and adults doing night courses of further education.
Communication is this role is essential since you could be communicating a complex subject, concepts, and ideas rather to your students in a way which they need to be able to understand. If you’re teaching younger students who are misbehaving, you’ll also need to use these superior communication skills to ensure that things don’t get out of hand.
What’s more, you’ll even need to use your skills to talk to other teachers, heads of administration, heads of department, parents during parents evening and much more, which just goes to show how important it is.
Average salary: $38,617 per year
#9 – Tutoring
While similar to teaching, tutoring is a much more personalized style of learning where you’ll be likely to interact with your students on a one-on-one basis. This requires a completely different level of communication where you should be able to be friendly and approachable to the individual that you’re trying to educate in potentially complex subjects.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking that you’ll only be teaching school/college/university students. People of all generations and ages are in need of a tutor with good communication skills, whether you’re showing students how to do their school work, adults on new subjects or classes or even elderly generation on how to use computers and social media etc.
This is a career path that could have opportunities online and around the world, whether you’re tutoring your students through platforms like Skype, or you could simply apply your skills to your local area. There are even opportunities to go abroad and live in another person’s house while you tutor them and get to explore a whole new country. This is known as Au Pairing.
Average salary: $22 per hour
#10 – Marketing Manager
Marketing is still one of the most essential and thriving industries in the world yet there’s never been a more successful time to join it yourself. The sole foundation of what makes the marketing industry so successful is the core of communication. When you’re working on a project, it means you need to communicate effortlessly with your team, your surrounding departments and, of course, the client themselves.
You also need to make sure that you’re applying your communication skills when it comes to actually working on the project, whatever that project may be, since this is a piece or form of media that will be communicating a message to the target audience, such as the general public. As a marketer, the chances are that you’ll be talking with people on a daily basis which is why it’s such an essential skill to have.
Average salary: $57,800 per year
#11 – Social Media Manager
Perhaps one of the most recently formed career paths in the modern job landscape, a social media manager requires the utmost savvy when it comes to communicating for you to succeed. You may be working for individuals or huge companies where you’ll be creating posts, uploading them and replying to any messages or comments that appear on the page.
This job obviously entails a very comprehensive ability to communicate with the general public and individuals using social media channels, as well as a complete knowledge of how to use computers and the channels that you’re using. You will also need to know information about the business, such as tone of voice, style, and branding, which means that you’ll need to keep in constant communication with other departments within the business to ensure that everything is well-connected and accurate.
There’s a lot of freedom to be had when it comes to being a social media manager since you can work within the company, at home or even remotely around the world. If you’ve got a grasp on how social media works and outstanding communication skills, this could be the ideal job for you.
Average salary: $45, 260
As you can see, when you’ve got incredible communication skills that you want to put to good use, there are plenty of career options available to you. Before you set off on your path, remember to try and match your communication skills to something that you’ll enjoy doing, whether that’s sharing knowledge, entertaining or simply creating great content, and you’ll be sure to find a career you love.
Brenda Berg is a professional with over 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs at Oxessays. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success.