Report: PR specialist is No. 41 on the Best Jobs list

U.S. News and World Report unveiled its annual ranking of top jobs, and public relations made the list, along with marketing manager.


Public relations might rank as one of the most stressful jobs in America, but it’s also among the best, according to U.S. News and World Report.

On Monday, the magazine released its annual list of the Best Jobs, and PR specialist is No. 41 on the list, thanks in large part to its sunny hiring outlook.

U.S. News and World Report said:

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects public relations specialists employment growth of 22.5 percent between 2010 and 2020. During that time period, an additional 58,200 jobs will need to be filled.”

The median wage for a PR professional in 2010 was $52,090, with the top 10 percent earning roughly $95,200 and the bottom 10 percent pulling in around $30, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And what’s the job like? U.S. News and World Report said it’s stressful, and people in the field are either sitting at a desk or standing on their feet late into the night. Gerard Corbett, chair and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America, offered this explanation of the job:

“Be prepared for a higher level of stress than normal, be flexible in your work hours, and have a relationship that can endure late nights, early mornings, and occasional weekends. Managing the rigors of the job will require flexibility in work-life balance, which can be made easier by a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise of some sort.”

Meanwhile, the job of marketing manager ranked one spot ahead of PR specialist. It offered a similarly positive hiring outlook and a bigger median salary.

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