Public Relations Specialist Top Job in 2011

Good news for the PR industry: Best Careers 2011: Public Relations Specialist. As one of the 50 Best Careers of 2011, this should have strong growth over the next decade (Source: US News and World Reports ).

The secret is no longer: PR is a great career. Mix PR with social media and you get a stellar career? Maybe that's the reason I get at least a request a week from people wanting to know how to get into the PR and social media business. Most of the time, they have no experience in either, but they're intrigued by both. And, that's okay. Would you like to know what I say to them? Read this post on how I got started in social media marketing and PR.

The PR Industry Job Report from US News and World Reports

The outlook: Employment of public-relations specialists is expected to increase by more than 66,000 jobs, or 24 percent, between 2008 and 2018, according to the Labor Department.

Money: There's a lot of upside to this job, given that it requires only a bachelor's degree. Median annual earnings for PR specialists last year were about $51,960, while the lowest-paid 10 percent made less than $30,520 and the highest-paid 10 percent made upwards of $96,000.

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Thinking of starting a public relations consultancy?

When a reader asked me how I started my Chicago area marketing and public relations consultancy. I answered background questions on how I transitioned from a corporate career to an independent creative consultant. To extend my answer and benefit others, I’m included the outline for a course I teach called “Write from the Start: How to Launch Your Creative Consulting Career.” Created for writers, a few of my students have gone on to be very successful. I hope this outline helps you. If you’d like to present this program to your group, live or via teleseminar, contact me at 630.942.9542 to arrange a presentation consulting session.

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