Campaign Workers

Campaign workers help candidates for government offices get elected. By calling voters, sending out fliers, advertising on TV, radio, and the Internet, and arranging for campaign appearances by the candidate, they educate the public about a candidate's strengths and concerns. Candidates for mayor, governor, Congress, president, and other local, state, and federal offices must use campaign workers and managers to handle many of the details of an election, such as budgets and expenses, fund-raising, and press relations. Campaign workers are needed all across the country, in cities large and small, to assist with primaries and elections.


Quick Facts
Duties Campaign workers work long and irregular hours to present the case for their candidate; respond to requests for information from the media and the candidate's constituents; and work with fellow campaign workers to produce, coordinate, and distribute campaign literature.
Alternate Title(s) Campaign Managers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Where campaign workers do their job depends whether the election is taking place at the local, state, or federal level. The period of campaigning, including primaries, runoffs, and special as well as regular elections, has gradually lengthened. If local, state and federal office-holders are not raising money to pay off their debts from the last election, then they are likely to be raising money and campaigning for the next campaign.
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Government
  • Speech
Experience Campaign workers know how to: use the media to explain political positions; listen to voters' concerns and adjust their actions in response; establish and maintain relationships with others over time; and organize their work efficiently.
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Campaign Manager
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Staff Assistant
  • Campaign Worker
  • Campaign Volunteer

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