PR pros are a lot of things—multitasking geniuses, technology addicts, and media connoisseurs—but above all, they’re creative.
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked this year’s most creative jobs, and public relations specialists sit securely at the top of the list, followed by architects and art directors.
More than 45,000 new jobs will be created in these three fields within the next 10 years, and although the list is short, U.S. News says each occupation makes a difference:
Our Best Creative Jobs of 2015 list might be short, but its occupations are no less significant. Architects design the world we live in, art directors fill it with color and public relations specialists spread the news of the changes around us.
Though PR pros can work in a number of capacities—with a single company, as freelancers or within an agency—many choose the excitement and diversity offered to them within PR and marketing firms.
The U.S. Labor Department predicts 27,400 new PR job openings before 2022, and Ragan readers can take advantage of the growing employment market with this week’s featured listings.
Edelman is looking for a senior account executive in its New York office, Weber Shandwick seeks a senior digital manager for its Illinois office, and Ogilvy & Mather has an opening for a programmatic media planner in California.
Many firms have openings for both full-time PR pros as well as internships for those wanting to cut their teeth with agency work.
Waggener Edstrom has openings for an account executive in Washington as well as intern opportunities in both San Francisco and Seattle. FleishmanHillard is looking for a senior healthcare executive in Kansas, but also has a creative intern position open in Illinois and a design intern position available in Texas.
Many PR agencies require applicants to have a degree in communications as well as a few years experience in PR or marketing. Candidates would do well to have a portfolio with previous client work available in both traditional and digital formats.
PR job seekers often vie for these highly sought after positions, so strong candidates should be well-versed in writing press releases, research and measurement, media pitching and social media platforms.
Candidates should also be prepared for a position that requires long hours, multitasking, heavy client demands and a lot of initiative. Working for a PR agency is fun, but it isn’t for the weak of heart.
Agency opportunities aren’t only available stateside, either. Australian-based PR firm CPCommunications seeks a digital marketer. En World Group is looking for a PR manager to join the Japanese firm, and Source LF, an independent U.K. digital media and PR firm, has an opening for an account director.
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