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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

  • $43,618

    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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110,668 Communications Specialist jobs

Duluth, MN
Communications Specialist

$39,170 Estimated

Iowa Employer
Des Moines, IA
Communications Specialist

$36,354 Estimated

Charlotte, NC
Communications Specialist

$36,575 Estimated

General Dynamics Information Technology
Brunswick, GA
Communications Specialist

$37,178 Estimated

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Communications Specialist

$39,336 Estimated

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Communications Specialist

$37,286 Estimated

Nc State University
Raleigh, NC
University Temporary Services Communications Specialist

$39,453 Estimated

University of California Riverside, Bourns College
Riverside, CA
Broadcast Communications Specialist

$36,205 Estimated

Duke University
Durham, NC

$39,453 Estimated

North Texas Tollway Authority
Plano, TX
Project Communications Specialist

$41,483 Estimated

Elgin Community College
Elgin, IL
Communications Specialist IV

$40,000 Estimated

Duke University
Durham, NC

$39,453 Estimated

University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA
Broadcast Communications Specialist

$36,205 Estimated

Erickson Living
Overland Park, KS
Communications Specialist

$43,618 Estimated

Lahey Health
Woburn, MA
EHR Program Advancement & Communications Specialist

$43,202 Estimated

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Communications Specialist

$37,286 Estimated

Elite Technical
Reston, VA
Communications Specialist

$52,587 Estimated

Washington, DC
Communications Specialist

$53,000 Estimated

Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Communications Specialist

$48,277 Estimated

Wayzata, MN
Communications Specialist

$39,170 Estimated

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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
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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.

Top Communications Specialist Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Communications Specialist

  1. MDS Communications
  2. United States Navy
  3. United States Army
  4. Coventry Health Care
  5. Verizon Wireless
  6. Comcast
  7. At&T
  8. Navex Global
  9. United States Marine Corps
  10. Fastsigns
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