|Quick Facts: Public Relations Specialists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$54,170 per year
$26.04 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||229,100|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||12% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||27,400|
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.
Public relations specialists usually work in offices. Some attend community activities. Long workdays are common, as is overtime.
Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.
The median annual wage for public relations specialists was $54,170 in May 2012.
Employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the need for organizations to maintain their public image. Candidates can expect strong competition for jobs at advertising and public relations firms and organizations with large media exposure.
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