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Communication

Definition

Communication involves the study of the many ways human beings develop, collect, disseminate, and transfer information through symbols, particularly via the mass media. Also included are the various ways in which communication serves to inform, persuade, entertain, and control.

Job Titles to Consider:

 

Agricultural Scientist
Analytical Chemist
Anesthesiologist
Biochemist / Biotechnologist
Chemist
Color Development Chemist
Commodity Manager
Computational Chemist
Consumer Product Developer
Criminalist
Dietician
Environmental Chemist
Food & Drug Analyst
Forensic Chemist
Hazardous Waste Manager
Health Programs Analyst
Hospital Administration
Immunologist
Laboratory
Manager
Materials Scientist
Medical Technologist
Medicinal Chemist
Occupational Safely Specialist
Pathologist
Pharmacologist
Physician (Doctor)
Researcher
Science Writer / Technical
Teacher - Science & Math
Technical Sales Representative

 
Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “You’re Hired”?  

Communication Skills
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?

Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.

Interpersonal Skills
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?

Adaptability
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.

Research Skills
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.

Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.

Problem-Solving Skills
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.

Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.

Professional Organizations

Association for Business Communication
www.businesscommunication.org/

American Advertising Federation
www.aaf.org

Association for Women in Communication
www.womcom.org

Society for Technical Communication
www.stc.org

Public Relations Society of America
www.prsa.org

International Communication Association
www.icahdq.org

 
Additional Sources of Information

Work in Public Relations
http://workinpr.com/candidates/index.asp

 

 

Association of American Publishers
www.publishers.org

Career in Public Relations
www.fabjob.com/publicrelations.asp

Communication Listservs
www.uiowa.edu/~commstud/resources/listserv.html

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