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Communications Officer

Job Snapshot: 
Communications Officers are employed in many different sectors. They can be found in large and small businesses, governments, or non-governmental/non-profit organizations. As a Communications Officer, you will be raising a company or organization's profile in the media, either with regard to a particular environmental issue or by presenting a broader environmental message. If you love speaking to people, relaying ideas, and making people understand new approaches and outlooks, communications may be for you.
Roles & Responsibilities: 
Your responsibilities will vary depending on what type of organization you work for. You could be promoting environmental aspects of the business, or engaging the public to act on a particular issue. Regardless, you will likely work with various media channels to get your message across. Your duties may include preparing promotional material,organizing events, and coordinating public outreach campaigns.
Environmental Understanding and Essential Skills: 

Your responsibilities will vary depending on what type of organization you work for. You could be promoting environmental aspects of the business, or engaging the public to act on a particular issue. Regardless, you will likely work with various media channels to get your message across. Your duties may include preparing promotional material, organizing events, and coordinating public outreach campaigns.

Education and Recommended Courses: 
Post-secondary education in communications, public relations, marketing, environmental studies, or business. A master's degree increases opportunities. Recommended courses include English, sciences, environmental studies, political science, sociology, and philosophy.
Potential Earnings: 
1-4 years experience: $40,000-$55,000 5-9 years experience: $40,000-$65,000 10-19 years experience: $45,000-$75,000 20+ years experience: $50,000+
Employment Atmosphere: 

Relationships: You may be reporting to a manager, supervising a small team, and/or providing support to other departments and partners. The position will likely require networking with different media partners and other key supporters.

Atmosphere: You will work primarily in an office, though some travel may be necessary. Communications Officers are often employed by governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, private and public organizations.