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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.
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Hispanic or Latino10.4%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix10.1%
Michigan State University8.0%
West Virginia University6.4%
George Washington University5.3%
Florida State University4.8%
University of Tennessee - Knoxville4.6%
New York University4.5%
University of Texas at Austin4.3%
Pennsylvania State University4.3%
University of Iowa4.2%
University of Oregon4.2%
University of Alabama4.1%
Arizona State University4.1%
Texas A&M University3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Communications Coordinator||L & L Travel Enterprises, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 03, 2015||$100,176|
|Brand Communications Coordinator||McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States||Atlanta, GA||Jun 01, 2015||$91,160|
|EDI Carrier Communication Coordinator||Kalven Technologies, Inc.||Schaumburg, IL||Apr 19, 2016||$84,000|
|EDI Carrier Communication Coordinator||Kalven Technologies, Inc.||Schaumburg, IL||Apr 26, 2016||$84,000|
|Communications Coordinator||O10 Communications, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$80,454|
|Production & Communications Coordinator||The Sapling Foundation||New York, NY||Jan 01, 2011||$68,000|
|Multimedia/Communication Coordinator||Hair Zone, Inc.||Moonachie, NJ||Jan 13, 2013||$62,000 -
|Communications Coordinator||Beretta USA Corporation||Accokeek, MD||Sep 18, 2013||$61,360|
|Communications Coordinator||McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States||Washington, DC||Sep 01, 2012||$61,100|
|Coordinator & Science Communicator||University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sc||Cambridge, MD||Oct 09, 2014||$59,001|
|Communications Coordinator (Program Evaluator)||Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 15, 2015||$58,968 -
|Communications Coordinator||Longchamp USA, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 02, 2011||$58,700|
|Communications Coordinator||Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station||College Station, TX||Jul 01, 2015||$48,000|
|Communications Coordinator||Latino Community Foundation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$47,341|
|Communications Coordinator||World Resources Institute||Washington, DC||Jul 01, 2011||$46,883 -
|Global Media and Communications Coordinator||Ashoka||Arlington, VA||Nov 01, 2015||$46,773|
|Communication Coordinator||Texas A&M University||College Station, TX||Jul 01, 2014||$45,308|
|Communication Coordinator||Play Rugby, Inc.||New York, NY||May 01, 2014||$45,225|
|Business Communications Coordinator||Shake-N-Go Fashion, Inc.||Port Washington, NY||Sep 07, 2015||$45,000|
|Communications Coordinator||Initiative for Global Development||Washington, DC||Oct 09, 2014||$45,000|
|Communications Coordinator||Adecco USA, Inc.||Corning, NY||Nov 21, 2011||$41,600|
|Visual Communications Coordinator||L Brands Service Company, LLC||Columbus, OH||Apr 09, 2016||$41,538 -
|Communications Coordinator||Gary Larson DBA Larson Communications||San Francisco, CA||Sep 26, 2012||$41,142|
|Talent Communications Coordinator||Rare||Arlington, VA||Jan 02, 2013||$41,038|
|Business Communications Coordinator||Cruciani USA LLC||New York, NY||Sep 09, 2015||$41,000|
|Business Communications Coordinator||Cruciani USA LLC||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2014||$41,000|
|Communications Coordinator||Universal Processing LLC||Arcadia, CA||Sep 22, 2016||$40,884|
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