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1.02 Understand career opportunities in marketing to make career decisions. PROGRESS OF MARKETING . Activities of marketing have changed & grown through the years Marketing was first only thought of with distributing a product/service Then it grew to include: Selling Promotion

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progress of marketing
  • Activities of marketing have changed & grown through the years
  • Marketing was first only thought of with distributing a product/service
  • Then it grew to include:
    • Selling
    • Promotion
    • A variety of other business activities (all 7 functions!)
identify types of businesses that offer careers in marketing
Identify types of businesses that offer careers in marketing.
  • Marketing careers include all the activities required to plan, develop, promote & distribute goods/services to consumers.
  • Almost all businesses have marketing careers; manufacturing, retail, wholesale, transportation services, community/social services, education, etc.
  • Marketing knowledge and skill can be applied in many types of industries----- apparel, health care, financial services, manufacturing, travel and tourism, food services, sports, retailing, etc.
  • Marketing jobs can be found in businesses located all over the world. In your community, all over the country, and internationally.
marketing careers vs medical careers
Marketing Careers vs. Medical Careers
  • Marketing Careers are a lot like careers in medicine. Some doctors are general practitioners, while others specialize, such as surgeons.
  • Marketers can also be generalists or specialists.
Some marketing jobs require the knowledge and skills of several marketing functions. (generalist)
  • Examples:

department store managers, marketing managers, and product managers.

  • Other marketing jobs are based on one function. (specialists)
  • Examples:

real-estate agents focus on selling, while advertising agents focus on product promotion.

marketing vs medicine
Marketing vs. Medicine

Both Marketing and Medical Careers :

  • Have many different areas to work in and good pay
  • Require training and professional level skills
  • Patients = Customers
  • Marketing Concept applies to both
explain why jobs in marketing provide career potential
Explain why jobs in marketing provide career potential
  • Marketing is one of the fastest growing fields with approximately one third of the U.S. population employed in some marketing-related occupation. It offers exciting opportunities for dynamic, creative people.
  • The great thing about marketing is it is a function that is needed in every company in every industry, so career potential is unlimited.
  • Careers in marketing are unlimited! They are very diverse and offer many possibilities.
explain why jobs in marketing provide career potential cont
Explain why jobs in marketing provide career potential (cont.)
  • Marketing skills are useful in any career because they involve understanding business, as well as relating & communicating effectively with others. These are basic skills that employers expect from all levels of employees.
explain why jobs in marketing provide career potential cont1
Explain why jobs in marketing provide career potential (cont.)
  • About 33 million Americans earn a living in marketing – (that’s 1/3 of the US workforce!)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in marketing & sales to be DOUBLE DIGIT!
  • Above Average Income!
career areas in marketing
Career Areas in Marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Advertising
  • Product Management
  • Distribution/Warehousing
  • Sales
  • Retailing
  • Service Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Public Relations
describe the following marketing careers
Describe the following marketing careers:

Marketing research – (the “Sherlock Holmes” of marketing. These investigators look for clues to what customers need and want as well as why customers do what they do. They accomplish this by targeting a specific group of people and collecting information about their attitudes, values, needs and demographics.

Researchers tools include- questionnaires, phone surveys, interviews,etc.

Advertising – Inform consumers about products, companies, and/or ideas.

Catching the attention of the consumer in such a fast-paced environment is an exciting challenge for advertisers. But catching their attention is only part of the job.

They also need to persuade consumers to buy their products over those of the competition.

Advertisers use a variety of media to communicate with customers:

Newspapers, magazines, billboards, catalogs, television, internet, and radio.

Product management –

Product managers use the information gathered by researchers and advertisers to “give life” to the final products.

They create, test, and decide how a product will be packaged.

This must be accomplished in a timely, cost-effective manner by directing and coordinating all aspects of the product.

Distribution/Warehousing –

Otherwise known as Channel Management.

  • Physically links products with consumers.
  • Distributors plan and direct the transportation of final goods.
  • Examples:
  • The latest teen magazine getting to the local stores, CD’s going from the producer to the store shelves.
distribution warehousing continued
Distribution/Warehousing Continued
  • Often, consumers do not want to buy items at the same time they are produced.
  • Therefore these goods must be stored for future use.
  • Warehousing jobs determine where to store goods, how to process orders, and how to fulfill customer service needs.
  • Inventory control is also part of distribution.
Sales – The “relationship managers” of marketing.
  • Professional salespeople are expected to understand customers’ needs and assist in marketing those needs.
  • They explain the benefits of products or services, provide further information, answer questions, and/or help customers set up accounts.
  • To do this successfully, they must be experts in the goods/services they sell and be able to develop long-term relationships with customers.
  • There are different types of sales people:
    • Some sell raw materials, parts or equipment to other businesses that will use them in making products
    • Others provide finished products to businesses
    • Some salespeople sell directly to consumers
Retailing –
  • Retail professionals provide products directly to the ultimate consumer.
  • They order, inspect, price, and track goods in the store and determine what needs to be ordered.
  • They may also measure profits and losses by observing and recording sales acitivity.
  • Retail employees also develop intriguing merchandise displays to attract customers into their stores.
  • Retailer examples: Walmart, The Gap, TJMaxx, etc.
Service marketing –
  • Services are acts that satisfy wants and needs.
  • They are intangible items. You cannot hold, see, smell or take them with you after purchase.
  • Most of us use service marketers everyday: hospitals, postal services, beauty salons, athletic clubs or gyms, hotels, airlines, bus rides, employment services and schools
Customer service – Excellent customer service professionals provide the competitive edge that makes for a successful company.

They process orders, respond to customer questions on product availability and delivery, handle complaints and returns

Customer service professionals work in many different areas of a company:

sales, order processing, credit, marketing, or product/service development.

Public relations –

Public relations professionals are the “advocates” for a company.

They strive to build and maintain positive relationships with the public- including other businesses, employees, and people outside the company.

Tasks include: anticipating problems, handling complaints, communicating with the media, and building a company’s image.

Public relations professional must be able to speak and write clearly and persuasively.

well recognized traits and skills needed for success in marketing careers
Well-recognized traits and skills needed for success in marketing careers
  • People Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Decision-making Skills
  • Creativity
  • People Knowledge
  • Math Skills
  • Technological Know How
describe well recognized traits and skills needed for success in marketing careers
Describe well-recognized traits and skills needed for success in marketing careers.
  • People Skills- Show respect and interest in others, recognize and appreciate peoples differences.
  • Communication Skills- The “center” of all marketing activities.
    • Verbal- talking in meetings, phone conversations, sales presentations, and speeches.
    • Non-verbal (body language)- gestures, facial expressions, tone of voice, distance from others.
    • Written- letters, e-mails, reports, advertisements, press releases, and other materials
  • Decision making skills-Marketers need to be independent thinkers who can solve problems and think fast on their feet.
    • Examples of decision-making skills
      • Determining what customers need, solving customers’ problems, and resolving complaints.
Creativity- It takes all levels of creativity to work in marketing
  • Being able to use imagination and intellect to generate new ideas, create new products, new ways to transport materials, implement new sales programs, and construct consumer questionnaires
  • Artistic creativity in designing advertisements and creating displays
People Knowledge-

the “customer” is the foundation of marketing.

From determining what makes consumers tick, to understanding their buying behavior, marketers need to know how people behave. You can gain some of this knowledge through studies in psychology and sociology.

Math Skills-
    • used in different areas and all levels of marketing.

It takes math skills to:

    • calculate the amounts of orders, make change, handle expense accounts, determine costs, make purchases, track inventory, forecast sales, and analyze results.
Technological know-how-
    • With the technology explosion, jobs in marketing require employees to understand how to use a computer.
    • This includes basic keyboarding skills and working with a variety of computer software programs such as word processing, databases, and spreadsheets.
let s take a look at a few careers in marketing

Let’s Take a Look at a Few Careers in Marketing……

From the BLS – Occupational Outlook Handbook


Job Description

what advertising sales agents do
What Advertising Sales Agents Do
  • Advertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals. They contact potential clients, make sales presentations, and maintain client accounts.
what graphic designers do
What Graphic Designers Do
  • Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They help to make an organization recognizable by selecting color, images, or logo designs that represent a particular idea or identity to be used in advertising and promotions.  
what customer service representatives do
What Customer Service Representatives Do
  • Customer service representatives interact with customers on behalf of an organization. They provide information about products and services and respond to customer complaints. Some also take orders and process returns.
what logisticians do
What Logisticians Do
  • Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.
what market research analysts do
What Market Research Analysts Do
  • Market research analysts study market conditions in local, regional, or national areas to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
what purchasing managers buyers and purchasing agents do
What Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents Do
  • Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents buy products for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, and review product quality.
what sales managers do
What Sales Managers Do
  • Sales managers direct organizations' sales teams. They set sales goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for the organization’s sales representatives.
what advertising promotions and marketing managers do
What Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers Do
  • Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in a product or service. They work with art directors, sales agents, and financial staff members.
what management analysts do
What Management Analysts Do
  • Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization's efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.
what sales engineers do
What Sales Engineers Do
  • Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses. They must have extensive knowledge of the products’ parts and functions and must understand the scientific processes that make these products work.
what public relations managers and specialists do
What Public Relations Managers and Specialists Do
  • Public relations managers and specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for their employer or client. They write material for media releases, plan and direct public relations programs, and raise funds for their organizations.
how about some review questions

How About Some Review Questions?

Let’s see how you do….

what marketing career involves determining why customers do what they do
What marketing career involves determining why customers do what they do?




4-Marketing research

What marketing career involves catching customers' attention, informing them of products and persuading them to buy?

1-Marketing research

2-Product management

3-Public relations



Kwacky Kwackers needs a new package design for its crackers.  What marketing professional would be responsible for creating the new package?

1-Marketing research

2-Product management


4-Channel management

what is at the center of all marketing activities
What is at the center of all marketing activities?


2-Technological know-how



Source Citation
  • Marketing Careers, Career Development LAP 2: Career-Sustaining Level, Mark ED Resources (MBA) 1999