Lobbyist by Capitol Building

A lobbyist works to influence legislation on the federal, state, or local level on behalf of clients. Nonprofit organizations, labor unions, trade associations, corporations, and other groups and individuals use lobbyists to voice concerns and opinions to government representatives. Lobbyists use their knowledge of the legislative process and their government contacts to represent their clients' interests. Though most lobbyists are based in Washington, D.C., many work throughout the country representing client issues in city and state government. Lobbyists are also known as government affairs representatives, government relations managers, and legislative associates.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Government Affairs Representatives, Government Relations Managers, Legislative Associates
Duties Strive to convince legislators and other government officials to support a variety of measures such as protecting the environment or strengthening gun control laws
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, though concentrated in Washington, D.C. and state capitols
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Speech
Experience Three to five years' experience
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Federal and state registration required
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Executive Position, Lobbying Association
  • Government Relations Director, Lobbying Association
  • Lobbyist
  • Legislative Aide