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Lobbyist

Overview: Lobbyists are employed by business firms, public relations agencies and other organizations. Their mission is to persuade politicians to pass legislation that benefit the organizations or groups, e.g. business firms, industries, countries, demographic and religious groups.
Duties: They analyze present laws and regulations to determine what kinds of changes or new laws are needed to enhance their organization's power, financial revenue, profits or image.

They conduct surveys of public opinion to determine if the general public would be supportive of the changes or new laws being proposed.

They meet with state and federal congress members to convince them of the importance and benefits to the public if the proposed changes and new laws are passed.

They actively support the political campaigns of congress members who are in favor of passing laws requested by lobbyists. They conduct studies of how politicians vote for passing new bills.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of lobbyists is expected to grow slower than average through 2018. Employment may be adversely affected if legislation, aimed at protecting public health and safety, further restricts advertising for specific products, such as alcoholic beverages and tobacco. The best job opportunities will be for job seekers skilled in using various media to reach an increasingly diverse customer base.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $35,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Employers of lobbyists typically are public relations firms or a consortium of companies within an industry or employee groups such as labor unions. To work in this field requires a bachelor's degree or higher, preferably in political science and government. Additional courses in business administration, economics, finance, law and communications are essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.