Public Relations Specialist at a Glance

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Best States for Public Relations Specialist

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
District of Columbia 9,520 $92,150 $44
Colorado 5,480 $57,460 $28
Vermont 730 $54,930 $26

Becoming a Public Relations Specialist

Public relations specialists typically hold at least a bachelor's degree. Potential employers are likely to favor candidates in this competitive field with a bachelor's degree in public relations or communications with a concentration on public relations. Since public relations specialists must communicate clearly with the general public and work cooperatively with a business or organization's staff, managers, and investors, public relations majors should already possess strong interpersonal, organizational, and problem solving skills. In addition to general business and communications subjects, public relations degree programs will focus on critical thinking, research, strategic planning, and public speaking skills. Communications programs typically offer a broad and comprehensive curriculum of study applicable to a career in public relations.Many online schools, including Southern New Hampshire University, offer online bachelor's degrees in communications with a concentration on public relations. In addition to required general courses and communications courses, students enrolled in SNHU's public relations degree program take the following classes:
  • Electronic Public Relations
  • Writing for Public Relations
  • Public Relations Campaign Planning
Graduates will be prepared for careers in corporate, government, and non-profit public relations. Although employers will typically favor candidates with a bachelor's, entry-level public relations positions may include one month to one year of on-the-job training after which specialists take on the responsibility of writing press releases, speeches for members of upper management, and planning and implementing public relations programs. Years of work experience and a master's degree can offer additional employment opportunities and advancement.