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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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Top Careers Before Communications Specialist
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Hispanic or Latino10.1%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix20.5%
University of Maryland - University College5.1%
Michigan State University4.9%
West Virginia University4.8%
Florida State University4.3%
Virginia Commonwealth University4.2%
University of Missouri - Columbia4.0%
George Washington University3.8%
University of Texas at Austin3.8%
Pennsylvania State University3.7%
University of Georgia3.6%
University of South Florida3.6%
Arizona State University3.5%
Community College of the Air Force3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Communication Specialist||Activate Strategy Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 31, 2016||$137,800|
|Communication Specialist||Activate Strategy Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 21, 2015||$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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