Associate of Sales and Marketing: Degree Overview

While enrolled in a sales and marketing associate's degree program, students learn strategies for marketing, selling, and advertising various products and services. They also gain foundational business skills in areas like finance and ethics.

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Essential Information

Programs may offer opportunities for hands-on learning, including class projects and internships. Individuals who are interested in attending associate's degree programs need a high school diploma or its GED equivalent. Programs emphasize the fundamentals of commerce, promotion and advertisement and may provide more general topics in interpersonal communications and computer technology.

Many employers prefer individuals who hold bachelor's degrees in marketing or related fields but credits earned in associate programs may be transferable to bachelor's degree programs. For students interested in graduate studies in sales and marketing, various master's and doctorate programs are available


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Associate of Sales and Marketing Overview

Associate's degree programs provide students with a general education concerning the dynamics of marketing products and potential customer bases. Throughout their education, students develop business and analytical skills that help them develop successful marketing and selling strategies.

Here are some courses that a student may take:

  • Business fundamentals, marketing management, marketing research
  • Product development
  • Computer applications
  • Economics
  • Technical writing
  • Business math

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

Graduates may find employment in a number of different settings; businesses of all varieties and sizes need trained marketing and sales specialists to sell products and compete with other businesses. Individuals who have earned associate's degrees may find employment as a(n):

  • Advertising sales agent
  • Sales representative
  • Production planner

In May 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted median annual salaries of $48,490 for advertising sales agents, $55,730 for wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, and $46,150 for production, planning and expediting clerks. The BLS projected 2.7% decline for advertising sales agents, 6.5% growth for wholesale and manufacturing reps, and 2% growth for expediting clerks, from 2014-2024.

Continuing Education Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers may prefer individuals who hold a bachelor's or master's degree in marketing or a related field to fill sales, marketing and promotions management positions (www.bls.gov). Some bachelor's programs allow credits earned through associate's degree programs to transfer. After pursuing a bachelor's degree, students can also earn graduate degrees at the master's and doctoral levels. Students often have the opportunity to customize their coursework to suit their specific interests and career goals. These degrees can lead to advanced positions or those in research or academic teaching.

For some businesses, an associate's degree in sales and marketing is enough for advertising sales agents, sales representatives and product planers; however, many prefer employees with a bachelors. For the most part, credits from an associate's will transfer to a bachelor's degree program.

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