Best Careers 2011: Public Relations

As you know, I’ve been bullish about the prospects for PR jobs for many years.  While we’ve seen signs of growth despite the tough economy, encouraging validation for the future of PR comes via today’s U.S. News and World Report survey of the 50 Best Careers of 2011. 

U.S. News says jobs for PR specialists should see strong growth over the next decade, with a 24% increase in PR jobs by 2018.  In addition to a positive job outlook, the report also says there is upside to salaries.  Average annual PR salaries last year were $51,960, with salaries ranging from less than $30,000 to $96,000-plus. 

Here are the top 50 career categories.  Just click on the link to get summaries of the U.S. News analysis of each career category. 

Business Jobs:



Financial adviser

Financial analyst


Meeting planner

Public relations specialist

Sales manager

Training specialist

Creative and Service Jobs:

Commercial pilot


Film and video editor

Gaming manager

Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technician


Multimedia artist

Technical writer

Healthcare Jobs:

Athletic trainer

Dental hygienist

Lab technician

Massage therapist

Occupational therapist


Physician assistant

Physical therapist

Physical therapist assistant

Radiologic technologist

Registered nurse

School psychologist


Social Service Jobs:


Court reporter

Education administrator

Emergency management specialist


Marriage and family therapist


Medical and public health social worker

Special-education teacher

Urban planner

Technology Jobs:

Biomedical engineer

Civil engineer

Computer software engineer

Computer support specialist

Computer systems analyst

Environmental engineering technician

Environmental science technician



Network architect



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