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Occupational Report for Public Relations Specialists (27-3031) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

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Public Relations Specialists
Employment Outlook for Public Relations Specialists
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Public Relations Specialists There are 30 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Government Relations Specialist 7/23/14 Portland
Member Engagement Coordinator 7/22/14 Bend
0012787 - Program Representative 1 7/18/14 Corvallis $2,956/mo to $4,501/mo
Social Media Coordinator 7/18/14 Portland
Marketing Communications Project Coordinator 7/17/14 Portland
Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator 7/16/14 Salem $36,000/yr to $38,000/yr DOE
Part Time Program Manager Multi-Media Communications Assistant 7/16/14 Medford $12.74/hr
Assistant Director of Sports Marketing 7/15/14 Newberg $42,650/yr to $53,000/yr DOE
NA Digital Community Specialist Basketball 7/15/14 Portland
NA Digital Community Specialist, Basketball 7/15/14 Portland
Marketing Assistant 7/15/14 Portland
0012776 - Public Info Representative 1 7/14/14 Corvallis $2,828/mo to $4,295/mo
OPO Market Coordinator IV 7/13/14 Portland
Account Specialist, Donor Recruitment 7/11/14 Salem Neg.
MK10 - Communication Specialist 7/10/14 Hillsboro
Communications Specialist 7/10/14 Hillsboro
Content Strategist / Writer 7/10/14 Portland
Public Relations Associate 7/10/14 Portland
Community Relations Director 7/9/14 Salem Neg.
(CL 2354) Communications Coordinator 7/8/14 Beaverton $28.00/hr
Development Associate 7/3/14 Coos Bay $12.83/hr to $14.03/hr DOE
Director Investor Relations 7/3/14 Portland
Director, Investor Relations 7/2/14 Portland
Workforce Development Director 7/1/14 Albany $35,000/yr
Content Specialist Nike Golf 7/1/14 Beaverton
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Job Openings from the Web for Public Relations Specialists The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 91 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Courtesy Desk / Social Media - Grants Pass Chrysler Jeep Dodge 7/22/14 Grants Pass LITHIA AUTO STORES
Marketing Communications Assistant 7/22/14 Portland D3 Solutions
Coordinator of Marketing and Communications 7/21/14 Portland
Public Info Representative 7/20/14 Corvallis The College of Business at Oregon State University
Member Engagement Coordinator 7/20/14 Bend PacificSource Health Plans
Augmentative Communication Specialist 7/20/14 Albany Linn Benton Lincoln ESD
PT Augmentative Communications Specialist 7/20/14 Albany Linn Benton Lincoln ESD
Public Information Representative 1 7/20/14 Corvallis Oregon State University
Public Affairs Specialist 1 (Part-time Forest Educator) 7/17/14 Silverton State of Oregon
Marketing Coordinator 7/16/14 Sandy Johnson RV
Marketing Communications Project Coordinator 7/16/14 Portland Kforce
National Director of Media Relations 7/16/14 Portland Stand for Children
Part-time Program Manager Multi-Media Communications Assistant 7/16/14 Medford City of Medford
Community Relations Specialist 7/16/14 Oregon City Clackamas County
Client Communications Writer Associate - (LS49300) 7/15/14 Portland Fiserv
TRADE ALLY COORDINATOR 7/15/14 Portland
0012776 - Public Info Representative 1 7/14/14 Corvallis
Community Relations Director (Inside'/Outside Sales) 7/14/14 Salem Prestige Care Inc.
Writer/Editor 7/14/14 Beaverton Luis Palau Association
Marketing Communications Project Coordinator 7/14/14 Portland Kforce Inc .
Marketing Communications Project Coordinator 7/14/14 Portland Kforce Inc .
Marketing Communications Project Coordinator 7/14/14 Portland Ajilon Professional Staffing
Marketing Communications Project Coordinator - 15519AP 7/14/14 Portland Hynes & Company
Public Affairs Specialist 2 (Public Information Officer) 7/14/14 Eugene State of Oregon
Marketing Representative 7/13/14 Eugene Lane Transit District
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State of Oregon License Information for Public Relations Specialists
License License Authority Web Site
Lobbyist Oregon Government Ethics Commission
Wages for Public Relations Specialists
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $13.82 $18.47 $25.95 $35.25 $43.18 $27.54 $57,273
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 13.74 17.13 21.47 25.37 29.95 22.23 46,228
Multnomah / Washington 14.12 18.71 26.30 36.12 44.70 28.43 59,131
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 14.57 21.26 29.83 36.25 42.55 29.48 61,323
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 16.93 22.18 27.23 33.91 40.42 27.55 57,312
Lane 11.58 15.75 21.04 27.22 34.18 21.92 45,592
Douglas 23.08 23.09 29.66 38.51 42.40 29.97 62,332
Jackson / Josephine 12.58 14.09 19.81 31.83 40.01 23.01 47,847
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 14.47 15.91 17.55 20.44 26.16 19.29 40,134
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 13.42 16.79 20.96 28.81 35.00 22.57 46,958
Clackamas 16.33 19.20 28.92 36.30 42.61 28.27 58,802
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Regional Employment Projections for Public Relations Specialists
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,220 2,570 350 15.8% 35 30 65
Multnomah / Washington 1,257 1,480 223 17.7% 22 17 39
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 285 313 28 9.8% 3 4 7
Clackamas 165 195 30 18.2% 3 2 5
Lane 137 154 17 12.4% 2 2 4
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 107 117 10 9.3% 1 2 3
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 66 74 8 12.1% 1 1 2
Jackson / Josephine 55 60 5 9.1% 0 1 1
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 20 21 1 5.0% 0 0 0
Douglas 18 19 1 5.6% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 18 17 -1 -5.6% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 16 19 3 18.8% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 15 15 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 13 13 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 11 12 1 9.1% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 9 12 3 33.3% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Public Relations Specialists
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 2,220
Total All Industries Private 1,667
Utilities Private 18
Manufacturing Private 96
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Private 55
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing Private 35
Wholesale Trade Private 28
Retail Trade Private 50
Information Private 112
Publishing Industries (except Internet) Private 36
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers Private 22
Wage and Salary Workers, Second Job in Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry Private 64
Radio and Television Broadcasting Private 58
Finance and Insurance Private 23
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 345
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services Private 38
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services Private 279
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 152
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 43
Administrative and Support Services Private 40
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services Private 19
Educational Services Private 153
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools Private 110
Other Schools and Instruction Private 19
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 169
Hospitals Private 30
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 26
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 29
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly Private 22
Social Assistance Private 100
Individual and Family Services Private 52
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services Private 28
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Private 43
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries Private 24
Accommodation and Food Services Private 22
Other Services (except Government) Private 386
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations Private 383
Religious Organizations Private 25
Grantmaking and Giving Services Private 46
Social Advocacy Organizations Private 164
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations Private 137
Total All Industries Federal 90
Federal Government, Excluding Post Office Federal 90
Total All Industries State 206
Construction State 22
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction State 22
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction State 22
Educational Services State 66
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools State 66
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals State 112
Total All Industries Local 252
Transportation and Warehousing Local 23
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportion Local 22
Urban Transit Systems Local 22
Educational Services Local 67
Junior Colleges Local 42
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 101
Educational Requirements for Public Relations Specialists The typical entry level education for this occupation is a Bachelor's degree.
Skills for Public Relations Specialists
  • Access Media Advertising Services
  • Apply Active Listening Techniques
  • Apply Public Relations Techniques
  • Communicate With Media Representatives
  • Conduct And Coordinate Fund Raising Activities
  • Conduct Market Research
  • Conduct Public Relations Events Or Programs
  • Conduct Sales Presentations
  • Design And Prepare Product Exhibits And Demonstrations
  • Develop Advertising Or Marketing Content For Social Media
  • Develop Marketing Strategy
  • Develop Public Relations Content For Social Media
  • Evaluate Advertising Promotions
  • Make Presentations
  • Manage Social Media Communications
  • Monitor Consumer And Marketing Trends
  • Plan Entertainment, Receptions Or Dinners
  • Prepare Materials For Publication
  • Proofread, Edit, And Revise Written Materials
  • Provide Customer Service
  • Research Work-Related Topics Using Library Resources
  • Use Desktop Publishing Software
  • Use Marketing Techniques
  • Use Sales Techniques
  • Work As A Team Member
  • Write Advertisement Copy
  • Write Press Releases
  • Write Sales And Informational Speeches
Schools and Training Providers for Public Relations Specialists The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Oregon Institute of Technology
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601-8801
Phone: (541) 885-1000
Programs of Training:
Linfield College-McMinnville Campus
900 SE Baker
McMinnville, OR 97128-6894
Phone: (503) 883-2200
Programs of Training:
Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Ave
Portland, OR 97215-4026
Phone: (503) 517-1000
Programs of Training:
George Fox University
414 N Meridian St
Newberg, OR 97132
Phone: (503) 538-8383
Programs of Training:
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S W Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219-7899
Phone: (503) 768-7000
Programs of Training:
Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 725-4433
Programs of Training:
Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Hwy - Hwy 43
Marylhurst, OR 97036-261
Phone: (503) 636-8141
Programs of Training:
Oregon State University
0
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-0123
Programs of Training:
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 552-7672
Programs of Training:
Western Oregon University
345 North Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR 97361-1394
Phone: (503) 838-8000
Programs of Training:
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Phone: (877) 722-8648
Programs of Training:
Northwest Christian University
828 East 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401-3745
Phone: (541) 343-1641
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203-5798
Phone: (503) 943-7911
Programs of Training:
University of Oregon
110 Johnson Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-1000
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Public Relations Specialists These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Southwestern Oregon Community College
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