Careers in Marketing
Sales and Customer Service
Many careers are available in sales and sales-related fields. Openings can be found in a wide variety of organizations, including manufacturers, wholesalers and service organizations.
Many companies have given product managers major responsibility for determining customer needs, and translating these into goods and services that will satisfy them. Product managers work closely with engineers, manufacturing executives and others concerned with the product offering of a firm.
The importance of marketing research has grown rapidly over the past decade. People in this field gather information needed by management concerning the marketing environment in which a firm operates. They often provide data used for internal control and decision-making, as well.
Advertising and Sales Promotion
These professionals use television, radio, newspapers, magazines and other outlets to present information about goods and services, and to complement the sales force. Careers in advertising may be pursued in independent agencies as well as in advertising departments of manufacturing, wholesale and retail firms.
The distribution of raw materials and finished products through the economic system has expanded greatly during the past five years. Logistics management deals with the development of efficient distribution systems in support of manufacturing and marketing.
A variety of retailing organizations seek individuals with the type of background and training provided in the marketing curriculum. Career tracks in retailing can lead to management positions, as buyers or in-store operations managers.
Managing Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations
Non-business organizations, such as governmental agencies, hospitals, charitable organizations, schools and universities, are rapidly recognizing the need for marketing managers. A number of positions in public information, consumer relations, pricing analysis and marketing analysis are available.
Career opportunities are available in the headquarters of corporations with international subsidiaries, as well as with international business partners of domestic firms. International management positions are also available. An increasing number of positions are arising with international companies that have begun operations in the United States. Many of the people in international business positions are recruited from those with marketing backgrounds, because marketing is the function that most directly deals with the business environment, whether international or domestic.