PR is the fourth-most-overrated job, report finds

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According to CareerCast’s 2013 jobs report, PR managers’ jobs aren’t worth the stress and competitiveness.

By Matt Wilson | Posted: September 18, 2013

Last week, a LinkedIn poll found that PR management is one of the most confusing jobs for parents of workers. This week, the job is even closer to the top of another list of dubious honors: most overrated jobs.

Using data from its annual job ratings report, CareerCast ranked PR manager the fourth-most-overrated job, behind advertising account executive, surgeon, and stockbroker.

CareerCast’s reasoning? Stress levels are well beyond worth it, and it’s
highly competitive to land a job. That landscape won’t be changing any
time soon, either. PR is one of the most common majors for college
graduates.

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Last year’s list placed PR manager at No. 7.
Since then, the projected growth outlook has stayed exactly the same at
21 percent, but the median salary has bumped up slightly from $ 92,156
to $ 95,450.

To add insult to injury, the job of marketing research analyst landed in
the same spot as PR manager, No. 4, on CareerCast’s list of the most underrated jobs of 2013. The barriers between PR and marketing may be breaking down, but big divisions remain. 

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