Career Prospects

Our grads get jobs
In a July 2010 survey of recent U of R Journalism School graduates, 90.2 per cent reported they were in salaried employment during the first year after graduating, while 24.4 per cent did freelance journalism work either solely or on the side to add to their income.  None reported being unemployed, with the remainder spending their time traveling or continuing their education. Asked to describe their first ‘real job,’ just 13.3 per cent reported that it was outside the field of journalism. The majority of first jobs were full time. 

The average income for a journalist in Canada is $54,335 (2006 census). The average income for a Saskatchewan journalist is $53,000 (Sask Job Futures).

Western Canada – A future for journalism
While a tight economy has affected the news media in central Canada, journalism employment has continued to grow in the west, particularly in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Job Futures notes the Saskatchewan has undergone an explosive growth in journalism employment in recent years, rising an “incredible” 63 per cent between 2000 and 2005. This growth is expected to begin levelling off through to 2013, due to the relative youth of the incoming workforce, however the outlook remains fair. Our own July 2010 survey of Saskatchewan and Alberta employers revealed surprisingly optimistic employment prospects in a tight economy. In the past five years, the majority (58.3 percent) had added positions, and the same percentage anticipated they will add more positions in the next five years.  None reported that they expected to lose positions. The majority predicted a future retirement turnover of 10 to 25 per cent of staff.

Our grads speak
"I am optimistic about my job prospects if I continue in journalism' Most of my job offers started coming before I had even finished the program because of networking and freelancing."

"I think that there are jobs out there for ambitious graduates."

"I think it's an interesting time to be a journalist. While it may be harder to get a traditional job in the media, as long as you keep up with new technology and are versatile, companies will see you as an asset. I’ve been through several rounds of layoffs unaffected.”