Do you have great communication skills? Can you motivate others? Are you a team leader? If so, then you should consider becoming a field organizer. In this profession you'll organize teams of volunteers from as small as a few people to state wide movements. The BLS is projecting steady job growth in this field making this is a strong career choice.
Field organizers oversee and coordinate an organization's activities, especially with regard to resources and staff. Employers can include political campaigns, special-interest groups, non-profit organizations and unions. Responsibilities range from personnel management to public relations. A degree is not always required for this position, but it may help increase job opportunities.
|Recommended Education||A bachelor's degree in human resources, business or a similar discipline (for human resources specialists)|
|Other Requirements||Work experience|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||5% (for human resources specialists)|
|Median Annual Salary (May 2015)*||$58,350 (for human resources specialists)|
Source: *United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
Field organizers are managers that work for non-profit organizations, unions, political campaigns and lobbying groups. They are most often in charge of finding, training and scheduling volunteers or paid canvass workers. Organizers can be in charge of a small team of volunteers, or they may oversee the workers within a region or entire state. Field organizers with a large area to manage are usually required to travel frequently.
These professionals need good communications skills and should enjoy working with people. In order for field organizers to direct worker or volunteer activities according to organizational goals, extensive knowledge of the industry or cause is necessary. Most employers seek job candidates with previous experience, but some may require applicants to have a relevant degree.
Specific job duties of field organizers can vary depending on the organization and its goals. In general, all field organizers are in charge of finding new volunteers or canvass workers and coordinating the times and locations of any work activities. They also create and implement programs or tasks that support the organizational goal and train all workers to make contact with the community.
Field coordinators that work for unions can be in charge of helping a local union chapter find more members. They can also be in charge of assisting local union chapters in creating industry contacts and representing the interests of its members. When field organizers work for special interest groups or political campaigns, they can be required to organize workers in fund-raising activities or community contact. Field organizers find ways to seek support for affected community groups or select candidates, such as petition signature campaigns or voter registration drives.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that between 2014 and 2024, career opportunities for human resources specialists (the umbrella under which field organizers are listed) will grow by 5%. Having a degree and experience in human resources can increase job prospects during this period (www.bls.gov).
A field organizer could face a variety of responsibilities depending on their specific assignment. Regardless of the task, all field organizers must have great leadership, organization and communication skills. With the BLS projecting solid employment growth in the future, becoming a field organizer can be a fulfilling, stable career choice.