Advertising Jobs for People Without a Degree

Advertising is a creative career field that often requires a degree of some kind. There are some jobs available in advertising that do not need an undergraduate degree. This article addresses some of those ad careers.

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Career Options for Advertising Jobs Without Degrees

Advertising jobs allow for a lot of creativity from employees. Those with a knack for talk, displays or in-person sales, but who don't have a college degree, will find there are several jobs available. Below is a list of a few such jobs with critical career information.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Advertising Sales Agent $50,380 -3% (decline)
Retail Sales Worker $22,900 7%
Photographic Process Worker $26,470 -33% (decline)
Jingle Writer (Music Composer) $50,110 3%
Telemarketer $24,300 -3% (decline)

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for People Interested in Advertising Without a Degree

Advertising Sales Agent

These agents aren't required to have degrees; many of them get their start with on-the-job training. Some companies do require their agents to hold a bachelor's degree. Advertising sales agents work to sell advertising time and space to clients. They find clients and work with them on a sales plan with a team of experts. These professionals help with design, product branding, and promotion. Agents will monitor the success of their campaign, keep the clients involved in trends, and make changes as appropriate.

Retail Sales Worker

Retail sales workers will work in advertising using their creative skills in displays and other presentations. When their store, whether clothing or auto parts, has a special going on, it's the retail sale worker's job to put together an interesting display that will draw patrons to the product for closer inspection. Retail workers may be asked to advertise a certain product by demonstrating how it works as well.

Photographic Process Worker

Photographic process workers deal with film processing - developing negatives and printing photos on paper. These men and women are called upon in advertising to create special effects for ads. They print everything from posters to pamphlets to banners. Here, processors not only develop and print film but design and create promotional advertising products for different companies for a variety of brands or products. Photographic process workers are required to have a high school diploma and job training in a photo processing center.

Jingle Writer

Music composers may be vital to advertising, especially in radio or television. Composers usually do not need any formal training for writing popular songs. Jingle writers can be found working for an advertising firm creating interesting tunes and lyrics that will aid in selling a product, person or event. A good jingle writer can have clients humming their tunes for some time thus helping to sell more product.


Successful telemarketers are those who can sell themselves while at the same time selling a product by phone. Telemarketers call people at work or at home to sell a variety of things that could include products or influencing people to take certain actions. In any case, these workers do not need anything more than a high school diploma and job training for this work.

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