What does a Public Affairs Specialist do?

Public affairs specialists work in government agencies or private companies to promote services and inform the public by creating informative materials. They work with media and communication groups on current issues or crises. They develop news articles by conducting interviews with appropriate people or experts and gathering information from relevant sources. When working in crisis communication, they deal with media during emergencies or problematic incidents. They train peers and appropriate staff members with skills and tips for speaking to the press and inform them of protocols while presenting possible interview scenarios.

Public affairs specialists act as spokespeople and develop and maintain relationships with beat reporters and other media members. They provide content and write articles for internal and external outreach, including email blasts, social media, and outreach to relevant past and present members, including alumni. Public affairs specialists need a bachelor's degree in communication, journalism, business, or related fields.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Public Affairs Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£35,749 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £36K
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Public Affairs Specialist Career Path

Learn how to become a Public Affairs Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Read what Public Affairs Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Cancer Research UKCancer Research UK
Public Affairs Intern
14 Jul 2021

“Good name to have on your CV even if they didn’t pay interns at that time.”

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
29 Sep 2021

“It’s a contract job and starting pay may not be as good as a permanent job”

External Affairs
26 Jan 2021

“People are sharp and nice.”

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
28 Aug 2020

“So much to learn and I've grown so much working with one of the best people.”

West 4th StrategyWest 4th Strategy
Public Affairs Specialist
17 Dec 2020

“I highly recommend West 4th Strategy to anyone looking to work with passionate and honest people.”

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
27 Nov 2020

“Location is amazing but not directly near any big cities”

Titan Engineering And Automation
Regulatory Affairs
26 Jun 2021

“Excellent organization and one of the best place to work organizations”

John Swire & SonsJohn Swire & Sons
Public Affairs
6 May 2021

“Good work and life balance”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a public affairs specialist

When working as a public affairs specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Responses, Writing, Releases, Effective Communication and Editing.

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The most common qualifications to become a public affairs specialist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.