Public Relations Specialists

Career Overview

Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.


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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$33,690 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$112,310 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Journalism
  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Graphic Arts
  • Public Relations
Work Environment

Public relations specialists usually work in offices. Some attend community activities or events. Long workdays are common, as is overtime.

Future Outlook

Employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need for organizations to maintain their public image will continue to drive employment growth. Candidates can expect strong competition for jobs at advertising and public relations firms and organizations with large media exposure.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
PayScale, Inc.