By: Hannah Banas
Public relations is a quickly growing field, and the demand for jobs and education in the field is rising. More and more college students are taking an interest in studying public relations, so many colleges are adding it as a major. With this increase, the demographics of the field are also changing. Public relations used to be a male dominated area of expertise, but has shifted to employing more women. 70 percent of public relations professionals are women, but they are in the technician roles. Men are mainly in the executive roles, while women are still stuck in the lower level positions. There is also a need for more diversity with the increasing globalization of public relations. Having more diversity will help public relations companies be able to better communicate with other countries’ firms.
Public relations is changing, but there is still room for improvement. There are income discrepancies between men and women, and while it may be partially caused by different amounts of work experience, it is still an issue that needs to be addressed. In the upcoming years, it is expected that there will be a shift in the demographics of the public relations field, and it will be interesting to see how that affects yearly earnings and promotion potential for public relations professionals.