Publications Coordinator: Salary and Career Facts

Explore the career requirements for publications coordinators. Get the facts about education requirements, job duties, salary and job outlook to determine if this is the right career for you. Schools offering Children`s Book Illustration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is a Publications Coordinator?

Publications coordinators oversee the production of written materials, often managing and maintaining articles, journals and other publications. This may include some editorial work, writing articles and formatting. As public relations specialists they may also respond to information request and do what they can to maintain a positive image with the public. The following chart gives you an overview of what you need to know about entering this field.

Education Required Associate's or bachelor's degree
Education Field of Study Communications, Journalism, English
Key Responsibilities Managing production process of publications; some writing and/or editing
Job Growth (2014-2024) 6% (for all public relations specialists)*
Median Salary (2015) $56,770 (for all public relations specialists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Does a Publications Coordinator Do?

As a publications coordinator, you'll perform a variety of duties, depending on your employer. You'll oversee the production of written materials. In most cases, working as a publications coordinator requires managing and maintaining articles, journals and other publications for a university, research organization or major corporation. In some cases, a publications coordinator may write, edit and help produce publications, too. A publications coordinator also may perform administrative duties, so sometimes the job title also includes administrative assistant or project coordinator.

What Sort of Education Do I Need?

An associate's degree in a communications field may prepare you for entry-level publications coordinator jobs; however many employers prefer candidates who have earned a bachelor's degree. Programs in a communication-related field such as journalism, communications or English can prepare you for the publishing field by offering intensive writing and editing coursework.

You may also consider studying technical writing. Technical writing programs include coursework in writing proposals, business letters and training materials. Some jobs may require specific education and training in that field, such as a publications coordinator for a science department of a major university. If you have a degree in a science-related field and an interest in publishing, you may be qualified to pursue this type of job.

What Salary Can I Expect to Earn?

Specific salary information for publications coordinator is hard to find. Although, the average pay for public relations specialists, which may be a similar job to publications coordinator, was reported at $65,830 as of May 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The average salary for administrative assistants was $35,200 in May 2015, also reported by the BLS (www.bls.gov).

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

Closely related to publication coordinators are editors. Editors' main objective is to review potential publications to ensure that they are free of error and are easy to read. These professional usually have a bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, or English. Advertising sales agents have similar careers to publication coordinators because of their administrative duties and goals to improve a companies public image. Their job is to sell advertising space to companies and manages accounts all with the hope that the add will be successful and clients will return for more business. These professionals may work with only a high-school diploma.

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