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Immigration Rights Advocate

Immigration Rights Advocate

Description: Advocates attempt to influence legislators in favor of their clients' special interests. Advocates 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 advocates. 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.

From the field: “The work that I do has a direct impact on thousands of people throughout the state and it has a positive impact.” - Vanessa Cajina, Statewide Policy Analyst

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