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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|SR. International Policy Communications Specialist||Carnegie Endowment for International Peace||Washington, DC||Jul 02, 2015||$82,350|
|Senior Internal Communications Specialist||Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Nov 29, 2013||$74,900|
|International Communications and Acquisitions Mana||Caracol Television, Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Jun 10, 2013||$70,000|
|International Communications and Acquisitions Mana||Caracol Television, Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Jun 15, 2013||$70,000|
|Senior Internal Communications Specialist||Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Nov 29, 2010||$70,000|
|Internal Communications Specialist||Cargill, Incorporated||Wayzata, MN||Nov 24, 2009||$69,208|
|International Communications Specialist||EURO Vat Refund, Inc.||Culver City, CA||Oct 09, 2016||$66,900|
|International Performance Specialist||Pharmacy Development Services, Inc.||Palm Springs, FL||Jun 12, 2016||$64,230|
|Internal Communications Specialist||The Louis Berger Group, Inc.||Washington, DC||Apr 15, 2013||$61,360 -
|International Communication Specialist||Unistar Logistics, Inc.||Doral, FL||Nov 02, 2016||$54,746|
|Internal Communications Specialist||Kent State University||Kent, OH||Sep 06, 2014||$52,020|
|Internal Communications Specialist||Kent State University||Kent, OH||Sep 06, 2011||$50,000|
|International Communications Specialist||MR. Mudd LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 03, 2009||$46,862 -
|International Communications Specialist||MR. Mudd LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 07, 2009||$46,862 -
|Corporate Internal Communications Specialist||AGC0 Corporation||Duluth, GA||Dec 15, 2009||$45,000|
|International Communications Specialist||EURO Vat Refund, Inc.||Culver City, CA||Sep 11, 2013||$44,871|
|International Communications Specialist||PHD Media LLC||New York, NY||Sep 19, 2012||$43,035|
|International Communications Specialist||R2 Systems Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 05, 2015||$41,740|
|Internal Communications Specialist||Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Inc.||Zion, IL||Oct 01, 2012||$41,500 -
|International Communications PR Specialist||Michael KORS USA, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 26, 2013||$41,371|
|International Communication Specialist||Vivid Navigation, Inc.||CA||Aug 16, 2016||$40,884|
|International Communication Specialist||Unistar Logistics, Inc.||Doral, FL||Sep 01, 2013||$39,903|
|International Specialist||University of Rhode Island||Kingston, RI||Nov 01, 2010||$39,041|
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