Marketing Manager  What They Do

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Marketing Managers Career Video



Plans, directs, or coordinates marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develops pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm's profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm's customers are satisfied. Oversees product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

This career is part of the Marketing cluster Marketing Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Identify, develop, or evaluate marketing strategy, based on knowledge of establishment objectives, market characteristics, and cost and markup factors.
  • Formulates, directs, or coordinates marketing activities or policies to promote products or services, working with advertising or promotion managers.
  • Evaluates the financial aspects of product development, such as budgets, expenditures, research and development appropriations, or return-on-investment and profit-loss projections.
  • Develops pricing strategies, balancing firm objectives and customer satisfaction.
  • Compiles lists describing product or service offerings.
  • Directs the hiring, training, or performance evaluations of marketing or sales staff and oversees their daily activities.
  • Consults with product development personnel on product specifications such as design, color, or packaging.
  • Uses sales forecasting or strategic planning to ensure the sale and profitability of products, lines, or services, analyzing business developments and monitoring market trends.
  • Negotiates contracts with vendors or distributors to manage product distribution, establishing distribution networks or developing distribution strategies.
  • Coordinates or participates in promotional activities or trade shows, working with developers, advertisers, or production managers, to market products or services.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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