Press Secretary Career Field

press secretary careerCareer Overview

Press secretaries generally work as government public relations specialists. A press secretary’s main responsibility is to serve as a spokesperson to the public about government affairs. They alert the public of travel advisories and events in foreign affairs. A congressional press secretary will represent the congress member to their constituents. As a public relations specialist, a press secretary can be responsible to draft press releases, contact the media about broadcast events, and act as a liaison between the government entity they represent and the public and media outlets.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree Program Recommendations:

  • English
  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Media
  • Communications

Competition is keen for entry level positions in this field. Entry level jobs go to those with at least a Bachelor’s degree. There are also professional certifications available for public relations specialists.

Top School’s for press secretaries (public relations specialists):

  • Ashford University
  • Jones International University
  • Creighton University
  • Kent State University
  • Kitchen Academy

Career Trends

Average Salary for press secretaries (public relations specialists) in 2008: $51,200

Jobs in 2008 for press secretaries (public relations specialists): 275,200

Projected employment openings for press secretaries (public relations specialists) through 2018: 341,300

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