|Quick Facts: Public Relations Specialists|
$58,020 per year
$27.89 per hour
|9% (As fast as average)|
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.
Public relations specialists usually work in offices. Some attend community activities or events. Long workdays are common, as is overtime.
Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.
The median annual wage for public relations specialists was $58,020 in May 2016.
Employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need for organizations to maintain their public image will continue to drive employment growth. Candidates can expect strong competition for jobs at advertising and public relations firms and organizations with large media exposure.
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