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Working As A Corporate Communications Specialist

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

  • Stressful

  • $45,860

    Average Salary

What Does A Corporate Communications Specialist Do

Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals. 

Duties

Public relations specialists typically do the following:

  • Write press releases and prepare information for the media
  • Respond to information requests from the media
  • Help clients communicate effectively with the public
  • Help maintain their organization's corporate image and identity
  • Draft speeches and arrange interviews for an organization’s top executives
  • Evaluate advertising and promotion programs to determine whether they are compatible with their organization’s public relations efforts
  • Evaluate public opinion of clients through social media

Public relations specialists, also called communications specialists and media specialists, handle an organization’s communication with the public, including consumers, investors, reporters, and other media specialists. In government, public relations specialists may be called press secretaries. In this setting, workers keep the public informed about the activities of government officials and agencies.

Public relations specialists draft press releases and contact people in the media who might print or broadcast their material. Many radio or television special reports, newspaper stories, and magazine articles start at the desks of public relations specialists. For example, a press release might describe a public issue, such as health, energy, or the environment, and what an organization does concerning that issue.

Press releases are increasingly being sent through the Internet and social media, in addition to publication through traditional media outlets. Public relations specialists are often in charge of monitoring and responding to social media questions and concerns.

Public relations specialists are different from advertisers in that they get their stories covered by media instead of purchasing ad space in publications and on television.

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How To Become A Corporate Communications Specialist

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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Corporate Communications Specialist Career Paths

Corporate Communications Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager Marketing Program Manager Marketing Manager
Brand Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Manager Marketing Manager Communications Manager
Communications Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Communications Specialist Manager Of Corporate Communications Public Relations Director
Director Of Publications Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Specialist Senior Manager Communications Director
Director Strategic Communications
11 Yearsyrs
Marketing Communications Manager Communications Manager Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Of Corporate Communications Public Relations Director Communications Manager
Internal Communications Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Communications Specialist Public Relations Manager
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Manager Account Coordinator
Marketing Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Of Corporate Communications Marketing Communications Manager Communications Director
Marketing And Communication Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Manager Communications Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director Community Liaison Communications Coordinator
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Communications Specialist Writer And Editor Public Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Communications Specialist Marketing Director Public Relations Consultant
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director Writer And Editor Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Communications Director Director, Corporate Communications
Vice President, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Corporate Communications Specialist
Internship 7.4%
Reporter 6.4%
Specialist 5.4%
Editor 3.8%
Top Careers After Corporate Communications Specialist
Consultant 5.2%
Manager 5.2%
Owner 3.0%
Director 3.0%

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Corporate Communications Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

61.9%

Male

36.1%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.1%

French

18.0%

Portuguese

6.6%

Chinese

4.9%

German

4.9%

Japanese

4.9%

Irish

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%

Korean

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Swedish

1.6%

Gujarati

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Thai

1.6%
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Corporate Communications Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.8%

Northeastern University

7.2%

University of Texas at Austin

6.5%

New York University

5.8%

Michigan State University

5.8%

Northwestern University

5.0%

Duquesne University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Florida State University

5.0%

DePaul University

5.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

American InterContinental University

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.3%

Syracuse University

3.6%

Elon University

3.6%

Pace University - New York

3.6%

George Mason University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

19.5%

Communication

15.5%

Journalism

10.3%

Marketing

8.1%

English

7.5%

Public Relations

6.0%

Finance

5.3%

Management

3.8%

Business Communications

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Political Science

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.9%

Agricultural Public Services

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Economics

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Fine Arts

1.5%

Writing

1.5%

Human Resources Management

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.3%

Masters

26.4%

Other

13.0%

Certificate

3.2%

Associate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Corporate Communications Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Corporate Communications Specialist Linkshare Corporation New York, NY Nov 23, 2009 $208,700
Corporate Giving Specialist Ocean Land Trust Ltd Parksley, VA Dec 16, 2011 $163,114
Corporate Communications Specialist Gain Nosca LLC Washington, DC Oct 01, 2012 $97,500
Corporate Communications Specialist Nasdaq, Inc. New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $90,000
Corporate Communication Specialist Nasdaq Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $90,000
Corporate Communications Specialist The Louis Berger Group, Inc. Washington, DC Apr 15, 2016 $89,648 -
$103,000
Corporate Communications Specialist The Louis Berger Group Washington, DC Jan 13, 2016 $88,941
Marketing & Corporate Communications Easy Telcommunications Phoenix, AZ Dec 13, 2010 $81,977
Specialist, Corporate Communications Al Jazeera America LLC New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $80,000
Specialist, Corporate Communications Al Jazeera America, LLC New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $80,000
Corporate Communications Specialist M S International, Inc. Orange, CA Aug 27, 2016 $76,000
Corporate Communications Specialist Gain Nosca LLC Washington, DC Oct 01, 2012 $75,000
Corporate Communications Specialist Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. Coralville, IA May 30, 2014 $74,000
Corporate Communications Specialist Kulen Law Firm P.C. New York, NY Sep 27, 2016 $73,045
Corporate Communications Specialist Lenovo (United States), Inc. Morrisville, NC Sep 04, 2015 $49,500 -
$59,500
Corporate Communications Specialist T31 Group LLC Cedarville, NJ Sep 30, 2013 $49,000
Corporate Communication Specialist Strategic Wireless, LLC New Hyde Park, NY Feb 01, 2014 $48,919
Corporate Communications Specialist J & T Management, Inc. Lynwood, IL Jan 03, 2011 $48,339
Corporate Communications Specialist KMM Telecommunications Fairfield, NJ Sep 12, 2013 $48,048
Corporate Communications Specialist Calera Corporation Los Gatos, CA Nov 01, 2010 $47,010
Corporate Communications Specialist Wizsolution LLC Princeton, NJ Sep 20, 2015 $46,000
Corporate Philanthropy Specialist ELC Management LLC New York, NY Jul 14, 2014 $45,872
Corporate Communications Specialist LPM Hospitality Group LLC New York, NY Dec 26, 2010 $41,850
Corporate Communications Specialist Dragados USA, Inc. New York, NY Nov 15, 2010 $41,850
Corporate Communications Specialist LPM Hospitality Group LLC New York, NY Dec 29, 2010 $41,850
Corporate Communications Specialist Weiline E. & C. Associate Inc. Houston, TX Sep 08, 2015 $41,740
Corporate Communications Specialist Us-China Business & Culture Exchange, Inc. Fairfax, VA Sep 14, 2013 $41,740
Corporate Communications Specialist Factory 798 Media Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2013 $41,371
Corporate Communications Specialist Ferrante PLLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $41,371

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Top Skills for A Corporate Communications Specialist

  1. Intranet
  2. Press Releases
  3. Corporate Communications
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  • Created and continually updated a communal team intranet site that stores pertinent communication and media documents.
  • Supervised advertising campaigns and programs and maintain relationships with advertisers; supported media relations efforts by writing press releases.
  • Developed corporate marketing manual, managed corporate communications activities and planned and managed corporate retreats and logistics between all subsidiaries.
  • Develop and execute communications strategies which recognize the communications loop between residents, community groups and public officials.
  • Provide consulting services to businesses including website development and content writing, branding, and logo development

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