Undergraduate Major Details


What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Communication major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Alcandora Publicity
CA Department of Justice: Office of Attorney General
CommuniCare Health Centers
Emerson Junior High School
FM99.3 Northside Radio
Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School
Intel Corp
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
International House, Davis
Liveshots DC/ThinkTalk.com
Morgan Stanley
National Geographic Society
Natomas High School
North Davis Elementary School
NOW 100.5 fm
Office of Senator Darrell Steinberg
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Private Dentist Office
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Robert E. Willett Elementary School
Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
Solano Sports Physical Therapy
Sony Music Entertainment
Summerbridge Sacramento, a Breakthrough Program, at SCDS
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
The California News Service
UC Davis Asian American Center on Disparities Research
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies
UC Davis Department of Chicana/o Studies
UC Davis Department of Linguistics
UC Davis Experimental College
UC Davis Health System
UC Davis Health System (UCDHS)
UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC)
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Picnic Day
UC Davis School of Education
UC Davis Services For International Students and Scholars
UC Davis Student Academic Success Center - TRV Center
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UCDMC Transplant Clinic
USDA Rural Development
UWP Department
Woodland Prairie Elementary School
Yolo County Board of Supervisors
Yolo County Visitors Bureau

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 244 63 25.8%
2013-14 283 46 16.3%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 48.3% 35.0% 10.0% 6.7%
2013-14 52.4% 31.0% 11.9% 4.8%
2014-15 54.5% 34.1% 4.5% 6.8%
2015-16 34.9% 33.9% 24.8% 6.4%
2016-17 33.3% 33.3% 23.1% 10.3%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Abercrombie and Fitch Assistant Manager
Allquip Universal Inc. Administrative Coordinator
American Israel Public Affairs Committee Fundraising specialist
Bates Nut Farm Adminstrative/ Marketing Office Assistant
Blue Diamond Growers PR Intern
Boardwalk Auto Sales
Booker Inc. Client Success Specialist
Choice Advertising, Inc. Sales
EMC Corporation Reference Manager
Family Circle Magazine Graphic Designer
Farella Braun + Martel LLP Recruiting & Professional Development Assistant
Fire RecoveryUSA Northwest Regional Account Manager
Google, Inc Account Associate
Google, Inc Recruiting Coordinator
HSBC Personal Banker
Interfaith Community Services Administrative Intern
Jeweliq Social Media and Outreach Coordinator
La Rue Park Child Development Center Teacher
Law Office Marketing Assistant
National Park Service Public Relations Account Executive
Nelson Staffing Staffing Supervisor
Oakland Unified School District Special Education Teacher
Oracle Corp Marketing Specialist
Positive Coaching Alliance Partnership Manager
River City Bank Bank Operations Associate
River City Bank Credit Analyst
Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn Assistant Project Manager
Sherwin Williams Assistant Manager
Solano County Animal Care Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Spafford and Lincoln Project Manager
State of California Fellow
Superbiiz Account Manager
Synaptics Marketing Intern
Target Corporation Executive Team Leader
Ultimate Staffing Office Assistant
University of California, Davis Marketing Assistant
University of California, San Diego Intern
Unseen Heroes Public Relations Account Executive
Wells Fargo Bank Accounting Assistant
Wire Stone Marketing Strategist
Yelp Account Executive

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $45,285 $43,000
2013-14 $34,687 $28,000
2014-15 $45,181 $43,000
2015-16 $47,181 $50,500
2016-17 $50,500 $58,000