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Become A Communications Specialist

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Working As A Communications Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $52,588

    Average Salary

What Does A Communications Specialist Do

A Communications Specialist manages the external and internal communications of a company. They collaborate with marketing professionals to produce copy for advertisements or articles.

How To Become A Communications Specialist

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Employers prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.


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.


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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Real Communications Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Communication Specialist Activate Strategy Inc. New York, NY Nov 21, 2015 $137,800
Communication Specialist Activate Strategy Inc. New York, NY Dec 31, 2016 $137,800
Trade Communications Specialist Nitron Group Corporation Greenwich, CT Jan 18, 2016 $120,000
KN Communications Specialist McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Waltham, MA Sep 27, 2015 $103,202
Technology Communications Specialist JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Aug 11, 2016 $103,000
Media and Communications Specialist Headspace, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 31, 2016 $100,000
Communications Specialist 99 Cent Only Stores Los Angeles, CA Jul 09, 2015 $92,061
Communication Specialist Brazilian American Systems Inc. New York, NY Nov 23, 2016 $88,150
Communications Specialist Admerasia, Inc. New York, NY Jun 17, 2015 $86,902
Multimedia Communications Specialist PCH International USA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 02, 2015 $84,000
Communications Specialist Research Foundation of Cuny New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $82,299
Communications Specialist Research Foundation of Cuny New York, NY Sep 01, 2016 $82,299
Online Careers Communication Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 08, 2016 $82,000
Communication Specialist Showpad, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 06, 2016 $80,000
Communications Specialist Yoshimoto Entertainment USA, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 12, 2015 $58,430
Communications Specialist Taiwan Center Foundation of Greater Los Angeles Rosemead, CA Dec 24, 2015 $57,408
Communications Specialist East West Bank Beverly Hills, CA Nov 12, 2015 $57,408
Communication Specialist E Focus Inc. Industry, CA Feb 22, 2016 $57,408
Media and Communications Specialist Coquette Productions, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 15, 2015 $57,200
Communications Specialist Italian American Chamber of Commerce Chicago, IL Sep 25, 2016 $57,096
Communications Specialist Taste Analytics LLC Charlotte, NC Jul 09, 2016 $56,000
Scientific and Medical Community Specialist Epibone New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $56,000
Communications Specialist Hasna, Inc. Washington, DC Aug 17, 2015 $44,891
Communication Specialist BBI Law Group, P.C. Herndon, VA Sep 23, 2015 $44,891
Communications Specialist Healthcare Business Intelligence Solutions, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 17, 2016 $44,845
Communications Specialist Rosemont Property Management LLC New York, NY Jul 23, 2015 $44,824
Communications Specialist (Film) Unite Here New York, NY Sep 28, 2016 $44,818
Communications Specialist BUEI, LLC DBA Mentora College Washington, DC Feb 18, 2016 $44,741
Ecommerce Communications Specialist, Dynamics AX Marc Jacobs International, LLC New York, NY Sep 14, 2015 $44,637 -
Public Communication Specialist North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Jun 01, 2015 $44,387

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Top Skills for A Communications Specialist


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Top Communications Specialist Skills

  1. Web Content
  2. Non-Emergency Calls
  3. Press Releases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Utilized Contribute software to publish newsletter as web content along with other documents, reports, press and promotional material.
  • Dispatch law enforcement services for response to emergency and non-emergency calls using standard broadcasting procedures and rules.
  • Managed communications for local grantees by writing and editing newsletters and press releases.
  • Delivered customer service and built customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Developed user procedures manuals and communications targeting Agency Administration and Field Marketing offices.

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