Survey: How collegiate males view PR

Spurred by job projections through 2020, a professor surveyed her students and garnered fascinating insights into what the next generation is thinking.

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The rankings were based on projected growth, current employment rates, average salary, predicted job prospects, and job satisfaction among those who have worked in the profession.

Great news—for women?

That’s great news for public relations, journalism, and speech/communication majors, and especially women—because, according to a PRDaily.com article by Alexis Morgan, there are so few male students in PR classes.

What about the men?

As a PR instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I also wondered why there are fewer men in PR. So I informally surveyed 22 male students enrolled in either my Advanced Public Relations or Public Relations Writing course; 10 responded. The five-question survey asked:

1. How did you first hear/learn about public relations as a career field?

2. What made you choose to take a class in public relations?

3. What do you find intriguing about a possible career in public relations?

4. What relevant skills do you feel you might bring to a career in public relations?

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