|Quick Facts: Public Relations Managers and Specialists|
|2010 Median Pay||
$57,550 per year
$27.67 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||See How to Become One|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||320,000|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||21% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||68,300|
Public relations managers and specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for their employer or client. They write material for media releases, plan and direct public relations programs, and raise funds for their organizations.
Public relations managers and specialists work in high-stress environments, often for long hours. Most work full time.
A bachelor’s degree is typically needed for public relations manager and specialist positions. Public relations managers also must have related work experience.
The median annual wage of public relations specialists was $52,090 in May 2010. The median annual wage of public relations managers was $91,810 in May 2010.
Employment of public relations specialists is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of public relations managers is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth of both will be driven by the need for organizations to maintain their public image in a high-information age and with the growth of social media.
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