Our Alumni Network
Graduates of the advertising program at UT include some people with very impressive credentials, and they are employed in a wide range of jobs. A large percentage of them, as you might expect, have gone to work in advertising agencies. They are employed as account people, art directors, copy writers, media planners, media buyers, and researchers. Several have risen to the level of vice president, president, and even Chief Executive Officer of agencies. UT alums are currently working at each of the twenty largest agencies in the country, at several of the smaller "hot" shops, and at agencies of virtually every size and geographic location imaginable, including a variety of different countries.
Others have chosen to work in media sales. They have taken positions at newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television stations, etc., across the nation and around the world. Many have gone to the "client side," working for the businesses and other organizations that advertise. Still others have gone into advertising and marketing related positions, working in commercial production, sales promotion, public relations, event planning, and direct marketing. In addition, UT advertising graduates can be found teaching advertising in colleges and universities all around the world.
Thanks to Texas AdGrad LinkedIn, now Advertising and PR alumni have the luxury of surfing a professional/social networking site just for graduates and current students of the Stan Richareds School of Advertising & Public Relations. The primary function of the site is to provide University students with an open channel to Texas alumni, and a rich list of job openings in Advertising and PR. Our LinkedIn site is closed --only available to current advertising and public relations students as well as alumni. Not a member, submit a request to join!
Alumni Employment Survey
Each year, Communication Career Services (CCS) conducts an employment survey of Advertising graduates approximately six months after they graduate. These surveys provide a wealth of information regarding job satisfaction, salary ranges and usefulness of CCS services.
Six months after graduation, 96% of the Texas Advertising students who obtained a bachelor's, masters or doctorate degree in 2012 were employed. The median salary for students who earned a bachelor's degree in 2012 was $30,001-$35,000. The median salary for students who earned a master's degree in 2012 was $40,001-$50,000. The median salary for students who earned a doctorate in 2012 was $25,001-$30,000. The largest percentage of the 2012 advertising graduates held positions in Media while the majority of others were working in either Account Service or Creative area.
In 2012, CCS also conducted a survey of 2005-2007 advertising graduates to gather data on their employment and career choices five years after graduation. Eighty-nine percent of alumni with a graduate degree were employed full-time and earning a median salary ranging from between $50-60,000. Detailed reports are available from CCS.
In an earlier survey, our alumni had the following comments about our Graduate Program:
"I believe the Department of Advertising at UT gave me the best possible start to my academic career. I was completely prepared for my first job and I am very glad I chose UT."
"My success results from the great people in the Department of Advertising. I will always respect and honor their efforts and the program."
"Continue to focus on the Internet and New Media -- this more than anything else gave me an edge over others when I returned to the 'real world'."
"A welcome environment for all smart thinkers."
Whether your objective is to become a member of the professional advertising community or a teacher of advertising, graduate study in the Department is designed to provide both intellectual breadth and specialized practical training needed to meet your goal. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge, methods, and skills needed for problem solving, scholarly teaching, original research, intellectual leadership, creative expression, and other modes of achievement in the field of advertising.