Public Information Officer

What Does A Public Information Officer Do?

An information officer writes press releases, company newsletters, and answers letters from the public related to a particular organization. Kathryn, the information officer featured in the video works for a transportation department within a state.

How Do I Become A Public Information Officer?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, marketing, or a related field is likely necessary to obtain this position.

What is the Average Salary For A Public Information Officer?

High – 76,000
Median – 51,000
Low – 35,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Public Information Officer?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Journalism
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Writing
  • Graphic Arts
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

What Is The Work Environment For A Public Information Officer?

Public information officers or public relation managers can work in any organization that needs to distribute information to the public or improve their image in the community (and that are big enough to financially justify this position).

What Is The Future Outlook For A Public Information Officer?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be a fair amount of competition for jobs in bigger firms.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
  • Payscale