Graduate Certificates in Communications / Public Relations

Career summary: Public Relations Specialists

Average Salary


National Average, Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Outlook


9% job growth by 2026, which is as fast as average

Earn a degree in communications / public relations from an accredited college

One of the best ways to prepare for a career in communications / public relations is through a college education. A Graduate Certificate will help you develop entry level skills, general communications / public relations know how and the basic communications / public relations experience you need to start your career off right. You may also consider a Master's in Communications / Public Relations to help you take your education and career to the next level. Please select communications / public relations school below.


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Why would I want a public relations degree?

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Employers prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.

Job Description

What does a public relations specialist do?

Public relations specialists typically do the following:

  • Write press releases and prepare information for the media
  • Respond to information requests from the media
  • Help clients communicate effectively with the public
  • Help maintain their organization’s corporate image and identity
  • Draft speeches and arrange interviews for an organization’s top executives
  • Evaluate advertising and promotion programs to determine whether they are compatible with their organization’s public relations effort