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Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Employers prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.Education
Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business. Through such programs, students produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates their ability to prospective employers.Training
Entry-level workers typically begin by maintaining files of material about an organization’s activities, skimming and retaining relevant media articles, and assembling information for speeches and pamphlets. After gaining experience, public relations specialists begin to write news releases, speeches, articles for publication, or carry out public relations programs.Other Experience
Internships at public relations firms or in the public relations departments of other businesses can be helpful in getting a job as a public relations specialist.
Some employers prefer candidates that have experience communicating with others through a school newspaper or a leadership position in school or in their community.Important Qualities
Interpersonal skills. Public relations specialists deal with the public and the media regularly; therefore, they must be open and friendly to maintain a favorable image for their organization.
Organizational skills. Public relations specialists are often in charge of managing several events at the same time, requiring superior organizational skills.
Problem-solving skills. Public relations specialists sometimes must explain how a company or client is handling sensitive issues. They must use good judgment in what they report and how they report it.
Speaking skills. Public relations specialists regularly speak on behalf of their organization. When doing so, they must be able to clearly explain the organization’s position.
Writing skills. Public relations specialists must be able to write well-organized and clear press releases and speeches. They must be able to grasp the key messages they want to get across and write them in a short, succinct way to get the attention of busy readers or listeners.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior International Communications Associate||Guttmacher Institute, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 18, 2016||$85,000|
|Communications & Public Affairs Associate||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 10, 2011||$85,000|
|Associate, Communications||Tipping Point Community||San Francisco, CA||Dec 09, 2016||$80,000|
|Senior Communications Associate||Kadmon Corporation, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2015||$80,000|
|Senior Communications Associate||Kadmon Corporation, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 06, 2014||$80,000|
|Internal Communications Associate||Dropbox, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 16, 2016||$67,683|
|Senior Communications Associate||Independence Care System||New York, NY||Dec 18, 2014||$65,000|
|Communications Associate||Global Health Strategies LLC||New York, NY||May 21, 2012||$65,000|
|Senior Communications Associate||Independence Care System||New York, NY||Jan 04, 2015||$65,000|
|Communications Associate||Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$63,000|
|Media & Communications Associate||Feature Communications LLC||New York, NY||May 04, 2015||$62,610|
|Global Communications Content Associate||TBWA Worldwide Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 14, 2016||$62,000 -
|Research and Communications Associate||Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 11, 2014||$53,500|
|Community Relations Associate||Jewish Federation of Cleveland||Beachwood, OH||Aug 02, 2010||$52,500|
|Communications Associate||10012 LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$52,500|
|Communications Associate||Design Central, Inc.||Silver Spring, MD||Oct 01, 2012||$52,000|
|Communications Associate||Pew Research Center||Washington, DC||Feb 12, 2011||$51,000|
|Communications Associate||New Venture Fund||Washington, DC||Aug 20, 2015||$44,741 -
|Communications Associate||Children's Defense Fund||Washington, DC||Oct 01, 2012||$44,000|
|Communications Associate, Media Outreach||Rainforest Alliance, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 22, 2012||$44,000 -
|Communications Associate||Children's Defense Fund||Washington, DC||Sep 20, 2012||$44,000|
|Communications Associate||The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute||New York, NY||Jun 01, 2015||$43,775|
|Communications Associate||10012 LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$43,035|
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