2017 Median Salary:

National: $101,637; CA: $110,398

Typical Entry-level Education:


Number of Jobs, 2016 (?):

250 syndicated cartoonists (!)

10 Year Growth Rate:


Skills/training required:


What Lobbyists Do:

Lobbyists are paid activists who represent a specific person or group of people. They provide clients with political and public policy advice, liaison with civil servants, politicians and authority, and research, monitor and track information.

From The Field:

"We oftentimes rely on our relationships to be able to go to the assembly member or senator and say, this is why this is important to us." -- Juan Camacho

Knowledge Required:

Lobbyists are tenacious and resilient, and must be able to develop relationships and effect change through verbal and written communication.


Information technology, analytics, problem-solving, verbal and written communication, and research.

Career Path:

Lobbyists must achieve at least a bachelor’s degree in political science, law, economics, or related fields. Aspiring lobbyists can also benefit from internships or volunteer work.

Best Cities For This Job:

Washington D.C, New York, Sacramento

Did You Know?

Lobbyists represent just about every American institution and interest group--labor unions, corporations, colleges and universities, churches, charities, environmental groups, senior citizens organizations, and even state, local or foreign governments.

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