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Marketing Manager

Marketing managers plan, organize, co-ordinate and control the activities of organizations or departments within organizations involved in marketing products or services.

  • Avg. Salary $105,400.00
  • Avg. Wage $52.25
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook avg
Also Known As

Advertising Manager, Community Relations Specialist, Product/Brand Manager, Sales Manager

NOC & Interest Codes
The Marketing Manager is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Marketing Managers
NOC code: 0611.2

Interest in co-ordinating information to control activities of marketing departments and establishments; and in directing and evaluating marketing strategies


Interest in negotiating business contracts with organizations seeking marketing services and with market researchers


Interest in initiating market research studies and in assisting with product development

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

Marketing managers' duties vary depending on the size of the organization, the nature of its business and how centralized its operations are. In general, marketing managers may be responsible for:

  • the profitability of products, lines or services
  • customer retention 
  • competitive analysis
  • sales, sales forecasting and strategic planning
  • the development and execution of comprehensive marketing plans
  • advertising and promotion
  • market research and consumer needs assessment
  • work with vendors and advertising agencies
  • branding activities (ensuring that corporate and product images are consistent)
  • product development and scheduling
  • pricing and distribution
  • budget planning and monitoring
  • purchasing
  • the allocation of resources
  • grant and proposal writing
  • media relations
  • event management
  • corporate and community sponsorship activities
  • customer service.

In large organizations, marketing managers direct and oversee the work of other managers in the marketing department (for example, the managers of sales, advertising and marketing research units). In small organizations, marketing managers are responsible for all marketing activities.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Marketing managers work in an office environment but often work more than the standard 40 hours a week. Extensive travel, including international travel, may be required.

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

Marketing managers need the following characteristics:

  • a creative, outgoing and energetic personality
  • the motivation and flexibility required to succeed in a competitive environment
  • the ability to deal effectively with stress
  • strong project management and motivational abilities
  • the ability to analyze qualitative and statistical information to create short-term and long-term strategies and budgets 
  • problem solving and decision making skills
  • the ability to communicate persuasively in person and in writing.

They should enjoy co-ordinating information and directing the work of others, negotiating business contracts and developing innovative approaches to problems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Most large organizations prefer to hire marketing managers who have business-related post-secondary education (for example, a bachelor's or master's degree with a specialization in marketing, or a diploma in marketing) plus several years of related experience (for example, experience in sales, customer service, social media, event planning, branding, professional writing, mangement of promotional events or advertising). Some organizations require their marketing managers to have post-secondary education related to the type of product or service they offer (for example, a degree or diploma in chemistry or engineering). 

Before enrolling in an education program, prospective marketing managers should discuss their education options with people currently working in the field.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field. Other programs and courses may be available.

Grande Prairie Regional College

Grant MacEwan University

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Robertson College - Calgary NW

Robertson College - Edmonton

University of Alberta

University of Calgary

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Marketing managers are employed by private and public organizations such as:

  • manufacturers
  • retailers
  • wholesalers
  • service sector businesses
  • not-for-profit agencies
  • market research organizations
  • advertising agencies.

Advancement opportunities vary depending on the size and nature of the organization and the manager's qualifications. Those who have post-secondary education in marketing or extensive work experience may advance to senior management positions in large organizations.

Marketing managers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 0124: Advertising, marketing and public relations managers. 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 10,300 Albertans are employed in the Sales marketing and advertising managers ccupational group. This group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.7% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 175 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As marketing managers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for marketing managers.

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

Salaries in this occupation vary according to the size and nature of the organization and the scope of the manager's responsibilities.

Marketing managers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 0124: Advertising, marketing and public relations managers.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Advertising, marketing and public relations managers occupational group earned on average from $44.89 to $59.53 an hour. The overall average wage was $52.25 an hour. For more information, see the Advertising, marketing and public relations managers wage profile.

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Updated Mar 20, 2014. 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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