Description:Lobbyists attempt to influence legislators in favor of their clients' special interests. Lobbyists often work for large businesses, industry trade organizations, unions, or public interest groups.
Knowledge Required: Public relations, journalism, marketing, communications
Skills: Strong communication skills are essential. Courses in advertising, business administration, finance, political science, psychology, sociology, and creative writing also are helpful.
Career Path: It is important to first obtain a college degree. Communications, law, and political science are popular majors for lobbyists. It is important to become involved in politics either through volunteering at a campaign or joining a special interest group. A public relations internship or similar experience is also helpful for finding employment.
Best Cities for this job: Areas with a concentration of political activity such as Washington D.C. and state capitols.
Median Annual Income: National: $59,370 CA: $66,690
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a faster than average job growth with tough competition for entry level positions.
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