"If you make a product good enough, even though you live in the depths of the forest the public will make a path to your door, says the philosopher. But if you want the public in sufficient numbers, you better construct a highway"
~ William Randolph Hearst
What is marketing?
While there used to be a belief that marketing and advertising/sales were one in the same, marketing has gone through an evolution in recent years and the two fields are now quite distinct from each other. Marketers not only promote products, but are also responsible for identifying the consumer need for a product or service, researching what consumers want, and developing the product or service which includes making informed decisions on price, packaging, and distribution. Promotion of the end product/service may include advertising, personal selling, and sales promotion through large scale campaigns. Within the marketing field, jobs are grouped in various areas including sales, customer relations, purchasing/procurement, retail, banking, brand management, and market research.
To concentrate in marketing at William Paterson University, WPU students must be in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Students complete a common 33 credit business core required of all business majors, with an additional 18 credits in the marketing concentration. Classes within the concentration include, but are not limited to, Multinational Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research, and Marketing Management. All business majors must accumulate enrichment points through internship, practicum, and/or job shadowing alternatives.
To learn more about the degree requirements, please visit this link:
Admissions information on Marketing is located here:
What interests and skills do potential employers value in this career?
- critical thinking
- analyzing and interpreting data
- good communication skills
- active listening
- directing and managing people and programs
- selling products and services
- excellent writing skills
- negotiation skills
- ability to plan and prepare reports regarding status and budgets
What types of jobs can marketing majors get?
Work Environment :
Marketing professionals, or careers related to marketing, are located in a variety of industries and environments. Professionals may choose to work in profit or nonprofit organizations, financial companies, manufacturers, print and electronic media, consulting firms, retail stores, banks, research firms, public/education institutions, hospitals/healthcare, and consulting firms.
Possible Job Titles
Employment Agency Counselor
In what locations and capacities have William Paterson University business alumni worked?
Market Support Specialist Verizon
Marketing Coordinator Hankook Tire America Corporation
Merchandiser Liz Claiborne
Project Manager Lucent Technologies
Research Analyst Thompson Financial
Administrator, International Marketing The Hertz Corporation
Customer Service Representative The Bank of New York
Marketing Coordinator Prudent Publishing
Retail Manager Abercrombie & Fitch
Marketing Langan Engineering
Assistant Manager Office Depot
Creative Director Turner Direct
Expansion Coordinator MovieFone, Ince
Management Associate Valley National Bank
Management Trainee Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Marketing Director Access Financial Planning
Realtor Coccia Realty
Supervising Manager Russell Marketing Research
Aside from majoring in marketing, what else can I do that may enhance my qualifications?
Successful students tend to seek out opportunities to enhance their qualifications through a variety of means. Within marketing, some suggestions may include joining or becoming a leader in career-related campus organizations, including the Student Business Association; joining a national professional marketing association; gaining practical experience through an internship/practicum/job shadowing (part of MRKT 460); and attending networking functions.
What else can I read about marketing?
Related Web Sites :
American Marketing Association www.ama.org
Advertising Age www.adage.com
The Ad Council www.adcouncil.org
Marketing Jobs www.marketingjobs.com
Marketing & Sales Jobs www.nationjob.com/marketing
Careers in Marketing www.careers-in-marketing.com
Occupational Outlook www.bls.gov/oco/
Industry Information http://www.vault.com/hubs/615/hubhome_615.jsp?ch_id=615
Job Search and Salary information www.rileyguide.com
MBA information www.mba.com
Other sources of information :
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in marketing. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the marketing & management department on campus may also prove valuable in addressing questions.