With a major in marketing, you’ll be prepared for a number of career paths that call on your analytical skills and creativity and are critical to a business’s success:
Professional selling careers range from new business development to account management to e-commerce to sales support reps. You’ll work with prospects or customers to identify their needs then provide information or suggest products and services to meet those needs. Following up after-the-sale, ensures customer satisfaction.
This career path offers three main entry-level corporate positions:
- Assistant buyers help determine which products to order and in what quantities, making decisions based on customers’ wants, new product trends, and profitability. You’ll also help manage advertising and pricing.
- Planners analyze data and regional differences to determine how much of each product should be sent to each store, ensuring customer demand is met.
- Product developers help create brand-new products, from the raw materials to the finished goods, based on customer research, market trends, and profit goals.
If you are analytically inclined and interested in all facets of marketing, consider a career as a marketing research analyst. You’ll collect, analyze, interpret, and present data for managerial decisions. In a consulting role, you’ll help managers and clients with new product launches, including pricing decisions, measuring advertising effectiveness, sales forecasting, and other brand related opportunities.
Consumers are empowered by immediate access to information, pricing, manufacturer practices, and an ever-broadening array of media choices, making advertising more important than ever. If you are a curious, creative problem solver, top marketers will rely on you for strategic ideas to reach target consumers with messages and media that match their motivations to pick one brand over another.
Being a brand manager is like running your own business. You are involved with making decisions regarding all aspects of the brand including product features, pricing, advertising and promotions, and channels. You also interact with internal and external partners with respect to new products, market research, and advertising. Because you have bottom-line responsibility for the brand’s performance, this option is for students who can combine financial acumen with creativity, communication, and people skills.