When you think of marketing, you might think of online surveys that ask for your opinion on your shopping experience. While that’s one type of marketing, there are many other ways that businesses and organizations market themselves. Social media, search engine results, and email are just some of the ways companies get their name out there.
This means that there are plenty of jobs for marketing majors. For example, it’s estimated that 4.88 billion people worldwide — that’s 60.6% of the entire population — use some type of social media. And when people look at search results, just over half click on just the first three search results. A savvy marketer ensures their product is seen by all of these potential customers.
What Types of Marketing Are There?
“Marketing” is an umbrella term for all activities related to promoting and selling a product or service. Advertising is one type of marketing. However, many other types of jobs. fall under the marketing umbrella:
- Brand management: influencing and managing how a brand is perceived
- B2B and B2C marketing: marketing efforts from a business that target other businesses or specific consumers
- Influencer marketing: collaborating with online personalities
- Content marketing: creating and sharing online materials to generate interest in a service or product
- Search marketing: using paid and unpaid marketing on the internet
- Public relations: maintaining a positive public image
- Cause marketing: when a for-profit and nonprofit collaborate for a cause
Many other types of marketing exist, and within those, some even have subspecialties. For example, public relations can also include crisis management, and search marketing can focus on a specific type of paid marketing.
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10 Jobs for Marketing Majors
With so many types of marketing out there, you can find jobs for marketing majors in nearly every industry. What’s more, there are plenty of entry-level jobs for marketing majors, no matter what type of marketing you pursue.
As you’re looking for entry-level marketing jobs, it’s important to note that you may find different positions have different titles even though the job duties are nearly identical. “Assistant” often means the same thing as “coordinator” or “specialist,” though, in some cases, “specialist” means having slightly more than entry-level experience.
This chart lists 10 common jobs for marketing majors. It also includes the Glassdoor salary estimate for people with zero to one year of experience and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected growth rate between 2021 and 2031. Please note the BLS groups many of these job titles together, so the outlook may be for the entire job category, not just the specific job title.
Job Title Job OutlookGlassdoor SalaryMarketing assistant10% (as fast as average)$44,852Social media coordinator8% (faster than average)$48,827Events coordinator18% (much faster than average)$50,103Copywriter4% (as fast as average)$53,321Assistant Media Planner10% (as fast as average)$53,801Public relations specialist8% (faster than average)$49,607SEO specialist10% (as fast as average)$51,375Brand assistant marketing10% (as fast as average)$48,578Digital marketing assistant10% (as fast as average)$47,232Email marketing specialist10% (as fast as average)$55,537
1. Marketing Assistant
Marketing assistants support the efforts of the entire marketing team. While the specifics will vary depending on the type of marketing, marketing assistants generally complete the same tasks. They may monitor active campaigns, report on performance, and track key performance indicators (KPI) like conversion rate, lead generation, and website traffic.
2. Social Media Coordinator
Social media coordinators assist the social media manager and social media team. In addition to analyzing how posts perform and monitoring social media trends, social media coordinators schedule when posts appear, select or create the images for the post, and select relevant hashtags.
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3. Event Coordinator
While an event manager plans the event, the event coordinator ensures it goes off without a hitch. It’s their job to keep everyone on schedule and pivot when things don’t go as planned. While event coordinators are common at weddings, a marketing event coordinator often works in experiential marketing. These events engage users with the product at virtual or in-person events like brand launches and pop-ups.
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Sometimes called junior or associate copywriters, entry-level copywriters help create the copy (the words) that appear in ads, social media posts, press releases, and white papers. Copywriters are found in almost every industry.
5. Assistant Media Planner
Assistant media planners help the marketing team determine where to spend the media budget. To help with that decision, they research markets to determine the best media outlets for the campaign. Assistant media planners may also analyze active campaigns and make additional suggestions to optimize them.
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6. Public Relations Specialist
Public relations specialists support the public relations team. They may write press releases, respond to media requests, arrange interviews, and draft talking points or speeches. Public relations specialists may also analyze the company’s or client’s public image and suggest ways to maintain or improve it.
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7. SEO Specialist
Companies often use their website to bring in new leads and enhance brand awareness. An SEO (search engine optimization) specialist analyzes how well a website accomplishes this goal and makes suggestions for improving it. They do this by conducting keyword research and analysis to help writers create content that ranks in search results, optimizing existing content, and building links to the website.
8. Brand Assistant
Brand assistants support the brand manager and team with marketing the brand or a specific product. They research and report on the various personas that engage with the brand and the user journeys they may take. Brand assistants also analyze market trends and competitors, as well as how the brand is perceived.
9. Digital Marketing Assistant
As we said, marketing is the promoting and selling of products and services and there are many ways to do that. Digital marketing is one of those methods. However, in addition to promoting and selling the product or service, digital marketers focus their efforts on converting their audience into customers. A digital marketing assistant supports these efforts by analyzing how well a campaign is performing as well as converting and suggests ways to improve and optimize it.
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10. Email Marketing Specialist
Email marketing specialists are types of digital marketers who focus on email. They may test subject lines to see which ones have a higher open rate, optimize what copy resonates with readers, and manage and maintain the email list. Email marketing specialists may focus on a specific type of email marketing, such as welcome emails, newsletters, or re-engagement emails.
Skills for Marketing Majors
Successful marketers lean on their hard and soft skills. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, here are some of the top skills you’ll need:
- Writing. You’ll have to report on your findings and explain your suggestions. The ability to clearly and concisely explain this in writing is critical.
- Data analysis. You can’t rely on your gut to explain why you’re making this or that choice. You’ll need data and hard facts to back you up.
- Research. Much of a marketer’s work is sizing up the competition to figure out what they’re doing and what you should be doing differently.
- Logical thinking. Drawing logical conclusions from your data and research will help others understand why you’re choosing one path over the other.
- Analytical ability. You’ll need to analyze loads of information to draw conclusions and create forecasts.
- Communication. As a marketer, you’ll communicate with a lot of people. Whether that’s clients you’re creating a digital campaign for or your boss to explain why you chose this particular image, a marketer is always communicating!
- Creativity. While data plays a key role in marketing, so does creativity. Not every campaign or press release should look and sound alike. The ability to vary the marketing plan is critical.
- Problem-solving. Despite all your best-laid plans, sometimes things go wrong. You’ll need to troubleshoot and solve the problem quickly.
- Attention to detail. Typos and grammar errors are not a good look and neither is adding the wrong hashtag to a social media post! That’s why paying attention to the little things is so important for a marketer.
- Interpersonal skills. Marketers interact with many different people. From consumers to clients to other teams, you’ll need stellar interpersonal skills to manage it all.
- Adaptability. Opinions can change quickly, and when they do, you’ll need to pivot into a new marketing plan just as fast.
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