Career and Leadership Development

Speech Communication

Occupational possibilities for those with strong communication skills and background include a vast range of the professions. Communication specialists are needed in such areas as: Corporate education, medical & health services, advocacy, business management and sales, radio and television, personnel, human resources, diversity training, customer service, and public relations.

Emphases within the major:

Electronic Media (BA/BS)
Organizational Communication (BA/BS)
Interpersonal Communication (BA/BS)
Public Relations (BA/BS)

Major skills acquired:

Knowledge of How, Why and With What effects People Communicate Spoken Language and Nonverbal Messages
Understanding in Communication Processes Within and Among Individuals
Communication - Verbal/Nonverbal, Writing Influencing/Persuading, Informing/Explaining, Mediating/Negotiating

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles numbers). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education. Advertising (254.357-014)
Announcer (159.147-010)
Communication Consultant (253.157-010)
Communications Technician (962.362-010)
Customer Relations
Employment Interviewer
Fund Raising
Health Communication
Human Resources
Job Analyst (131.267-018)
Lobbyist (165.017-010)
Personnel - Labor Relations
Program Assistant (962.167-014)
Promotion Managers (163.117-018)
Public Relations (165.067-010)
Radio & Television (159.147-014)
Teaching (091.227-010)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

1951 Production Agency - Modesto, CA
Abbey Home Health Care - Milwaukee, WI
Accurate, Inc. - Whitewater, WI
Addeco - Brookfield, WI
Advanced Healthcare - Germantown, Wi
Allen-Bradley Services - Milwaukee, WI
Alvey Systems, Inc. - Maplewood, MN
American Cancer Society - Glendale, WI
American General - Milwaukee, WI
Ameriquest Mortgage - Brookfield, WI
Ameritech Cellular - Wauwatosa, WI
Aurora Health Care - Milwaukee, WI
Baird Consulting - Fort Atkinson, WI
Bankers Life and Casualty - Green Bay, WI
Barch Communications - Milwaukee, WI
Boy Scouts of America - Milwaukee, WI
Burkart-Heisdorf Insurance Agency - Sheboygan, WI
Burns Int'l Security Services - Milwaukee, WI
Carroll College - Waukesha, WI
Celtic Advertising - Elm Grove, WI
Champs Sports - Beloit, WI
Channel 6 - Milwaukee, WI
Charleston Orwig Marketing Communication - Hartland, WI
Chris Industries - Northbrook, IL
Coca Cola - Milwaukee, WI
Colle & McVoy - Minneapolis, MN
Crate & Barrel - Northbrook, IL
Creative Financial Staffing - West Allis, WI
Customation, Inc. - Michigan City, IN
Damron Communications - Janesville, WI
DANA Corporation - Milwaukee, WI
Dane County Sheriff's Office - Madison, WI
Deluxe Data Systems - Glendale, MN
Higherpower Sales & Services - West Allis, WI
IBM - Milwaukee, WI
Imperial Supplies LLC - Green Bay, WI
J. P. Cullen & Sons - Janesville, WI
Kinder Hearts Senior Living - Madison, WI
Lincoln Financial Advisors - Madison, WI
Milwaukee Electric Tool - Brookfield, WI
Norrell Services - Milwaukee, WI
Northwestern Medical Center, S.C. - Racine, WI
Northwestern Mutual Fund - New Berlin, WI
Old Line Life Insurance Co. - Milwaukee, WI
Opportunities Inc. - Fort Atkinson, WI
Peg Finley Marketing - Waukesha, WI
Peridon Medical - Waukesha, WI
Pier International - Libertyville, IL
PR Plus Communication - Stoughton, WI
Productivity Point International - De Pere, WI
Publishers Toolbox - Middleton, WI
Quad/Graphics - Hartland, WI
Rockwell Automotive - Mequon, WI
Royal T Promotions - Madison, WI
Runzheimer International - Rochester, WI
RW Video Commercials - Madison, WI
Santa Barbara Band & Trust - Santa Barbara, CA
Schneider National - Green Bay, WI
Selectcare - Troy, MI
Seroka & Associates - Waukesha, WI
Sharpf's Embroidery - Oshkosh, WI
St. Francis Bank - Milwaukee, WI
Stage One - Janesville, WI
Emery & Associates - Milwaukee, WI
Era Aviation - Valdez, AK
FISERV - Milwaukee, WI
Fleet Mortgage Co. - Milwaukee, WI
Fleischmann-Hillard - Milwaukee, WI
Generac Corporation - Waukesha, WI
Gordon Flesch Company - West Allis, WI
Great Lakes Higher Ed Board - Madison, WI
Harley-Davidson - Milwaukee, WI
Harris Data - Brookfield, WI
Hewitt Associates - Lincolnshire, IL
Hewlett Packard - Roseville, CA
Highsmith - Fort Atkinson, WI
Hi-Torque Publications - Mission Hills, CA
Imperial Lithographing - Milwaukee, WI
J Walker Thompson - Chicago, IL
Janesville Gazette - Janesville, WI
Kaiser Group Inc. - Kenosha, WI
Kohler C. Generator Div. - Kohler, WI
Kraft Foods - Madison, WI
KTVS-TV - Sterling, CO
La Cellular - Seal Beach, CA
Lake Lawn Resort - Delavan, WI
Lifestyle Staffing - Madison, WI
Lunar Corporation - Madison, WI
March of Dimes - Schofield, WI
Marcus Cable - Janesville, WI
Memorial Hospital - Milwaukee, WI
Mercy Hospital - Janesville, WI
Milwaukee Better Business - Milwaukee, WI
Nelson & Schmidt Marketing Communications - Milwaukee, WI
State Farm Insurance - Hales Corners, WI
Stebnitz Builders - Delavan, WI
Stenson Builders Inc. - Muskego, WI
Target - Milwaukee, WI
Taste of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
Trek Bicycle - Waterloo, WI
Tri-Star - Honolulu, HI
Unisource Worldwide, Inc. - Janesville, WI
University of Akron - Akron, OH
UW-Whitewater Marketing & Media Realtions - Whitewater, WI
USWeb/CKS - New Berlin, WI
Walgreens - Appleton, WI
Watertown Metal Products - Watertown, WI
WCLO/WJVL - FM Radio Stations - Janesville, WI
WDMP AM-FM - Dodgeville, WI
WEAU 13 News - Eau Claire, WI
Wieland Manufacturing - Waukesha, WI
Wisconsin Dept. Of Revenue - Madison, WI
WISC-TV Channel 3 - Madison, WI
WKOW Channel 27 - Madison, WI
WTMJ Channel 4 - Milwaukee, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

American University - Washington, DC
Austin Peay State University - Clarksville, TN
Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH
Cardinal Stritch - Milwaukee, WI
Marquette University Law School - Milwaukee, WI
Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
Purdue University, LaFayette, IN
University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
University of New Mexico - Santa Fe, NM
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Whitewater, WI
Western Illinois University - Macomb, IL

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development

UW-Whitewater Communication Department
Departmental Office, Heide, Room 461
Phone: (262) 472-1034