Explore a Career in Marketing

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Description of the Major
Skills Needed
Sample Occupations
Organizations that have employed Mason Marketing Graduates
Professional Associations
Student Clubs
SOM Career Library Resources


Marketing majors learn how to match market opportunities to an organization’s goals; understand consumer needs; and design, deliver, capture and communicate the value of products and services in a dynamic, competitive environment. The knowledge students gain from this major helps them chart new pathways for domestic and global market success. In a recent study, 67% of executives questioned said they expected their hiring of marketing professionals to increase in the next few years.

Marketing majors take courses in understanding consumer and business buying, marketing research, marketing communications, internet marketing, sales management, retailing, non-profit marketing and international marketing. Marketing also offers a concentration in Internet marketing resiliency. This concentration prepares students to enhance and protect the electronic marketing efforts of their firms.

Additional information:

  • Median salary in 2011 (For marketing specialist): $60,250
  • Projected growth: Above average (29%+)
  • 71% of polled respondents have an undergraduate degree

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Skills Needed

  • Background in sales and marketing
  • Working familiarity with recent communications and media trends
  • Computer software: Working proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher; Adobe Photoshop
  • Communication skills: Ability to convey messages effectively with coworkers and clients; comfortable with public speaking
  • English language proficiency
  • Creativity: Ability to write and design creative designs and slogans
  • Teamwork: Ability to work well with others; delegate tasks; deliver presentations
  • Time management: Ability to work under tight deadlines; handle multiple tasks/assignments

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Online Resources for Career Research


Sample Occupations

Visit the Bureau of Labor and Statistic’s online Occupational Outlook Handbook for more information.

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Organizations that have employed Mason Marketing Graduates

Accenture, AT&T, AXA Advisors, Baker Tilly, Capitol Advantage, Chevy Chase Bank, Cvent.com, Emergent, EMC Corporation, Enterprise Rent-A- Car, Fastenal Company, Freddie Mac, Gannett Co, Geico, The Hecht Company, Intuit, Ketchum, Marriott, MicroStrategy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rockbridge Associates, SCA Direct, Spherion, Sports Plus, TMP Worldwide, Wiredset, Woelfel Research Inc., and Women’s Sports Foundation

Sample Professional Associations

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Student Clubs

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Sample SOM Career Services Library Resources

  • Resumes that Knock ''em Dead
  • 101 Best Resumes to Sell Yourself
  • Best 109 Internships
  • Big Book of Jobs
  • Careers in International Business
  • Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Prep
  • Networking Survival Guide: Get success by tapping into the people you know
  • Vault Career Guide to Marketing and Brand Management
  • Vault Guide to Top 50 Consulting Firm

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George Mason University School of Management

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