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Advertising Account Executive

Advertising account executives co-ordinate the day to day activities involved in planning and implementing print, electronic and social media advertising campaigns.

  • Avg. Salary $69,165.00
  • Avg. Wage $36.24
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Account Manager, Sales Manager

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Advertising and Promotion Consultants (1122.2) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management (B022) 
  • 2011 NOC: Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123) 
  • 2016 NOC: Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Advertising Account Executive is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Advertising and Promotion Consultants

Interest in analyzing advertising needs of establishments; and in developing advertising campaigns and in evaluating promotional and marketing results against budgeted sales, costs, profits and effect on future sales


Interest in consulting with managers of establishments on advertising needs; and in advising clients on advertising and sales promotion strategies


Interest in implementing advertising campaigns for print and electronic media

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Dec 16, 2016

Advertising account executives are the primary link between advertising agencies and their clients. Their duties and responsibilities vary depending on the agency and the type of account but, in general, they:

  • familiarize themselves with client products, services, target markets, goals, competitors and preferred media
  • consult with clients to establish advertising campaign objectives and budgets, and build strong relationships with clients
  • communicate client objectives to digital, media and creative personnel such as art directors, copywriters and media planners 
  • assist in the development of campaign strategies and research activities
  • submit campaign ideas and cost estimates to clients for approval
  • act as a liaison for the client, production team, creative group, research teams, social media, media, public relations and agency business personnel
  • track progress, keep everyone involved informed and perform the project management tasks required to ensure that campaigns are successfully completed profitably, on time and on budget
  • use market research information to evaluate and adjust campaigns.

Advertising account executives also may be expected to bring in new business for the agency.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Advertising account executives usually work in office environments. Some travel may be required.

Dealing with difficult clients, unexpected challenges and working long, irregular hours to meet deadlines can be stressful. 

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Advertising account executives need the following characteristics:

  • energy, self-confidence, initiative and competitive spirit
  • excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to make presentations under pressure
  • the interpersonal skills required to build and maintain professional relationships with clients, suppliers and coworkers
  • imagination, creativity, flexibility and the ability to learn quickly 
  • an open-minded and inquisitive attitude
  • exceptional organizational skills
  • the ability to pay close attention to details and see the big picture
  • integrity.

They should enjoy consulting with people and analyzing client needs, and developing, implementing and evaluating advertising campaigns.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Advertising account executives are marketing consultants and communications experts. They need computer skills and related experience as well as related post-secondary education (for example, a two-year diploma in advertising or marketing, or a bachelor's degree in commerce, management, business administration, psychology or sociology). Courses in marketing, market research, economics, statistics, accounting, the psychology of persuasion or perception and communication arts are recommended. Some employers require applicants for account executive positions to have a related master's degree (for example, Master of Business Administration) or experience in a particular industry (for example, retail, insurance or health care).

Suitable business administration, commerce, management and liberal arts programs are offered by post-secondary institutions throughout Alberta. For information about marketing programs, see the Marketing Manager occupation profile.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Advertising account executives are employed by advertising agencies and the advertising departments of large companies. Most agencies and head offices are located in large urban centres.

Most account executives have started their careers in junior positions and worked their way up. Advancement usually takes the form of being assigned higher profile clients and bigger campaigns. In advertising agencies, successful account executives may advance to account manager, supervisor and account director positions.

Advertising account executives are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1122: Professional occupations in business services to management. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 14,600 Albertans are employed in the Professional occupations in business services to management occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 234 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As advertising account executives form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for advertising account executives.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Advertising account executives may be paid a salary or work on a contract basis.

Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $46.15 $28.73 $27.18
Overall $17.50 $70.05 $36.24 $31.79
Top $20.00 $128.21 $46.68 $36.58

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Oil & Gas Extraction
Transportation and Warehousing
Public Administration
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Educational Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Wholesale Trade
Information, Culture, Recreation
Health Care & Social Assistance
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Accommodation & Food Services
Retail Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Communications
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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Updated Mar 16, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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