Department of Communication

Student Resources

The Importance of Communication Skills

Communication skills—both oral and written—are consistently ranked at the top of the list of skills that employers find most attractive in new college graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and their annual Job Outlook Surveys.

However, the primary complaint from employers about new college graduates is that they lack the requisite speaking and writing skills necessary to perform well in their jobs. Therefore, communication skills can easily be the deciding factor for hiring or not hiring a job candidate, not just in communication intensive positions, but across professions.


Public speaking

Working in groups

Argument and deliberation

Audience adaptation





Communication Lab

The lab is committed to individual instruction and guidance in speech and presentation skills. Read more about the lab.

Oratory Competition

The Communication Lab holds an annual oratory competition that acknowledges and rewards outstanding speaking skills among University of Pittsburgh undergraduates. Take a look at this year’s winners.