Career Details

Public Information Officer

Career Overview

An information officer writes press releases, company newsletters, and answers letters from the public related to a particular organization. Kathryn, the information officer featured in the video works for a transportation department within a state.


A four-year bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, marketing, or a related field is likely necessary to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$35,000 /yr
$51,000 /yr
$76,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Journalism
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Graphic Arts
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be a fair amount of competition for jobs in bigger firms.

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Work Environment

Public information officers or public relation managers can work in any organization that needs to distribute information to the public or improve their image in the community (and that are big enough to financially justify this position).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

PayScale, Inc.