Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about PR Manager Jobs

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As a journalist, I've had many experiences with public relations managers and have become acquainted with their many interesting responsibilities. Many good public relations managers really focus on working with their clients and the media to positively impact society. They have numerous responsibilities including directing programs, specializing in all areas of PR, and using all forms of media to accomplish their goals in an organized manner.

The PR sector is thriving in the current economy. The average salary of a public relations manager is $78, 917, according to Salary.com. When a PR manager has been in the industry for many years and has worked for a larger company, he or she can earn up to $250,000.

The Responsibilities of a PR Manager

  1. Directing many facets of PR programs is a main task. PR managers need to recognize their audiences and manage their employees. They direct the publicity programs for the organizations for which they work.

  2. Supervising is an important duty of PR managers. They need to oversee all the public relations work being done. They also need to make sure the correct information is going out to stockholders, consumers, and the rest of the public.

  3. Employee relations and management improvement can serve as another duty of PR managers. They need to oversee their staff members and make sure everything is operating well. They also may oversee presentations and other media inquiries.

  4. Specializing in certain areas is an asset to PR managers, as well as a responsibility. A lot of PR managers specialize in a field and work within that sector. Their specialties can range from entertainment to healthcare.
PR Manager Education

Many employers look for a potential PR employee to have a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. A PR job candidate’s degree could be in public relations or even journalism. A master’s degree can give the PR professional a leg up in certain companies.

Depending on their size, some companies require PR managers to have years of experience. An aspiring PR manager can start out in entry-level positions and nonprofit organizations and then work his or her way up from there.

The Future for PR Managers

The outlook for PR managers looks good. Although competitive, the industry is rewarding. Benefits may include paid vacation, health insurance, retirement options, and certification-program compensation. The debate over the future of PR is a heated one, but there are many opportunities for growth. Executives and managers at firms are looking for PR managers to bring experience and quality to their companies, making the industry a profitable one.
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