Sales & marketing

Public relations officer

Public relations (PR) officers manage an organisation's public image and reputation.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £90,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; attending events or appointments

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Public relations officer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • planning PR campaigns and strategies based on research
  • monitoring and reacting to the public and media's opinion of your client or employer
  • writing and editing press releases, speeches, newsletters, leaflets, brochures and websites
  • creating content on social media and responding quickly to user comments
  • arranging and attending events like press launches, news conferences, exhibitions and open days
  • developing good working relationships with the media to promote your clients
  • arranging photoshoots and production of promotional videos
  • public speaking at presentations, conferences or radio and TV interviews

Working environment

You could work in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • a college course
  • specialist courses run by a professional body
University

You could study for a degree or postgraduate award recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Courses include:

  • public relations
  • media communications
  • business and public relations

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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College

There is no set entry route to become a public relations officer but it may be useful to do a relevant subject like a Foundation Certificate in Marketing.

You can also study higher level qualifications if you're working in a marketing or communications department.

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Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role by doing a public relations assistant higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Volunteering and work experience

You'll find it useful to get paid or unpaid experience of working in public relations. You can do this by:

  • contacting PR departments and consultancies for work experience
  • volunteering to promote local charities
  • writing for student magazines, newspapers, blogs or social media
  • working on student or volunteer radio services

Other routes

You can do professional qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

These can be done online or at a training centre. Courses include:

  • a Foundation Certificate for beginners
  • a Professional PR Certificate, if you're a graduate or have 2 years' experience in PR

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Public Relations and Communications Association for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about the world of public relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and careers in the industry from the Public Relations and Communications Association.

With in-house PR officer experience, you could be promoted to PR manager, social media manager or head of communications.

With agency experience, you could progress to senior account executive or account manager.

You could go freelance or move into advertising, marketing or journalism.

You could join the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Public Relations and Communications Association for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

You can find out more about becoming a public relations officer from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Public Relations and Communications Association.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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