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Lobbyists

Overview

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.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Enterprising

Outgoing

Problem-Solving

Career Ladder
Executive Position, Lobbying Association

Government Relations Director, Lobbying Association

Lobbyist

Legislative Aide

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