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  • 2. Public Relations Officer

    Stress Rank: 198
    Stress Score: 47.60
    Hiring Outlook Rank: 111 out of 200
    Hours Per Day: 9


    Public Relations Officers are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive image with the public for many companies and government agencies. They typically are responsible for giving presentations and making speeches, often in front of large crowds. This highly-competitive field and tight deadlines keep stress at high-levels for specialists. Some PR officers, also, are required to interact with potentially hostile members of the media.

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PR is the worst

I have 13 clients, none of which understand PR. They all want to be in the Wall Street Journal as well. If I set an interview up, it might not even run in the newspaper. Then I might lose my job, for something I'm not even in control of.

What could be worse than that?

BTW, I have 5 years experience, work at a PR agency and make 40K living in Los Angeles.

My doctor wanted to know why I chose to work in an industry that pays so little and destroys my physical health. Try 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday 6 days a week. And I still don't have time to finish everything.

PR Officer

Maybe if these folks weren't forced to lie or stretch the truth, the job would be less stressful! It apparently pays well to lie. Quitcherbellyaching!

PR stress

Stress for PR professionals isn't due to "hostile" media or giving speeches or deadlines. It's mostly due to the widespread misunderstanding as to what public relations is and should do for an organization. It's a strategic management function, but too often relegated to poorly advised tactical activities by management that is not patient or smart enough to see that it is about mid- to longterm relationship development with multiple publics,not short-term transactional goals. When paired with an enlightened management team it is a very satisfying career. And far less stressful than, say, nursing or police work or myriad other professions.
Chris Brooks, APR

Very true! Roles and

Very true! Roles and responsibilities are highly misunderstood, misinterpreted and disrespected. PR practitioners are the first professionals upper-management turns to in times of public domain turmoil, and the first upper-management turns to in times of economic downturn when searching for budget cuts.

Although the salary here states the 90s, I believe that is relatively the higher end of the scale for this position. The PR profession, for the most part, requires a thick-skinned mentality as it is regularly an unappreciated, unrewarding effort and viewed by the media, public and management alike often as an unnecessary road-block, when in reality it saves time, money, and works to prevent erroneous misconceptions and otherwise misguided sidesteps...not to beat a tired horse, but think Tylenol.
Notbellyaching! Justthetruth!

I think that is an

I think that is an interesting point, it made me think a bit. Thanks for sparking my thinking cap. Sometimes I get so much in a rut that I just feel like a record. +)

Agency PR vs. Corporate PR

This survey seems to refer to corporate PR executives versus the PR agency environment. On the agency side, it helps to be able to select a variety of projects and to work on campaigns based on personal interest. Much less stressful because all eggs are not in one basket. Thoughts on differences?

Darren Shuster
Pop Culture PR

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