In my previous post, I argued that the journalism job market had plunged, and then rebounded sharply over the past year. Here’s the relevant chart again:
The newly-released 2009 Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates from the University of Georgia completely supports this narrative. The survey discovered that the labor market for June 2009 graduates was terrible–exactly what my chart shows.
But then, as we went into 2010, things got better, according to the survey–a lot better. The survey reports that:
Of those graduates returning the survey in November, only 46.5% reported having a full-time job. In May, the rate was 62.8%.
In fact, the survey’s chart 6 looks almost exactly like my chart above.
I think it’s pretty clear that the journalism job market, at least up this point, is bouncing back faster than a lot of other occupations. My best guess is that journalism, broadly defined, is quickly going to become one of the hot careers.