There are currently an estimated 259,600 public relations specialists in the United States. The public relations specialist job market is expected to grow by 8.9% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are public relations specialists?

CareerExplorer rates public relations specialists with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 29,800 public relations specialists. That number is based on 23,000 additional public relations specialists, and the retirement of 6,800 existing public relations specialists.

What’s the supply of public relations specialists?

The public relations specialist industry is concentrated in Texas, California, New York

Public Relations Specialist job market by state

State Name Employed Public Relations Specialists
Texas 27,780
California 26,890
New York 24,470
District of Columbia 17,350
Florida 11,030
Pennsylvania 9,040
Massachusetts 6,820
Virginia 6,680
Ohio 6,500
Illinois 6,230
Washington 5,860
Michigan 5,710
Missouri 5,140
Georgia 5,110
Minnesota 4,920
Colorado 4,700
North Carolina 4,620
New Jersey 4,100
Wisconsin 3,610
Maryland 3,500
Indiana 3,400
Oregon 3,080
Arizona 2,930
Kentucky 2,220
Kansas 2,080
Tennessee 2,040
Oklahoma 2,000
South Carolina 2,000
Utah 1,770
Alabama 1,760
Iowa 1,630
Connecticut 1,580
Nebraska 1,410
Mississippi 1,360
Louisiana 1,330
New Hampshire 1,200
Nevada 1,200
Hawaii 1,190
Maine 1,180
Rhode Island 1,090
Vermont 1,050
Puerto Rico 960
New Mexico 940
Arkansas 920
South Dakota 830
Idaho 630
Delaware 630
Montana 600
North Dakota 470
Wyoming 410
Alaska 380
West Virginia 350
Virgin Islands 40
Guam 30