Public Affairs Specialists and Broadcast Journalists

Military Career

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Description

Public affairs specialists and broadcast journalists publish communication products through radio, television, video, and web content for worldwide distribution. They are responsible for advising leadership, public affairs planning, developing and executing information strategies, and community relations. Some are trained to operate audio and video equipment in both tactical and non-tactical environments.

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Work Environment

Public affairs specialists and broadcast journalists work in offices and broadcasting studios on land or aboard ships, or sometimes outdoors, depending upon the research needed for their articles.

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

  • Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
  • Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
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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 Specialists and Broadcast Journalists in the Military

12,191

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Salary

Average Salary

$100,126

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 91%
  • Master's degree 8%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Public affairs specialists and broadcast journalists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: News, feature and sports writing and researchNewspaper format and layoutPhotojournalism Radio and television programming and productionInterviewing techniquesPublic speakingMedia RelationsCrisis communications

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Knowledge

  • Communications and Media
  • English Language
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Clerical

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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