Communication & Professional Writing

This area is about communicating in professional settings, including, potentially in the media and online.

Examples include writing reports, press releases, web content, academic papers, and preparing and delivering business presentations.

Studying in this area involves learning how to write and orally present clearly (and, where appropriate, persuasively!).

This includes understanding the communication needs of the intended audience.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Journalist
  • Copy-writer
  • Sub-editor
  • Textbook editor
  • Manual writer
  • Technical writer
  • Web site writer
  • Secretary
  • Personal assistant
  • Public relations consultant
  • Corporate communications manager
  • Media advisor
  • Marketing manager
  • English teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


126% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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