Work Tasks

LOBBYISTS try to persuade public officials to support legislation favoring interests of the group they represent. They study proposed legislation to determine the effect on the interest of their client. They support legislation that favors their interests. They research information on regulations and new ones proposed by government agencies, and determine how they will affect their group. They write detailed reports and give them to government officials, and make lists of witnesses that officials can use at hearings. They plan strategies, prepare arguments, draft statements, and gather supporters. They organize coalitions, prepare news releases, inform the public, and testify at public hearings.

Salary, Size & Growth

Entry Requirements

Most LOBBYISTS are college graduates, and many have a master's, doctoral degree, or a law degree. They must have training and experience in the field of interest they represent. Those interested in becoming lobbyists should study communications, public relations, public affairs, history, English, economics, international affairs, political science, and government. The government offers courses and internships that are helpful. Lobbyists must register with government authorities at federal level and report regulated expenditures incurred during lobbying activities.