Public Affairs Officers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Public Affairs Officers research, plan, budget, execute, and evaluate operations involving the public. They liaise with the news media and provide guidance to senior leaders on decisions that impact mission success.

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Work Environment

Public affairs officers usually work in offices.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Public Affairs Officers in the Military

1,636

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Salary

Average Salary

$85,357

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 72%
  • Some college 11%
  • Master's degree 6%
  • Post baccalaureate 4%
  • Post-master's certificate 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for public affairs officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Department of Defense policiesPrinciples of public information and community relationsDeveloping communication strategiesMedia relations and community relations programsSpeech writing and public speaking Military-media relations

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • English Language
  • Communications and Media
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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