Salary Survey 2019: The majority of marketers don’t have a marketing qualification

The relevance of marketing degrees is much debated across the industry. Is it better to learn the technical knowledge before going into the workplace, or is hands-on experience actually far more enriching? Questions still remain over whether the content of degree programmes is keeping up with the lightning-fast pace of change in marketing.

More than half of marketers (53.8%) say they have not studied a marketing-related academic or professional qualification of any kind. Marketing Week’s 2019 Career and Salary Survey, which questioned 4,415 marketers, shows they clearly find their way into the profession via a wide variety of routes. Just 25.7% have a marketing undergraduate degree as their highest qualification, and 16.3% a marketing master’s degree, diploma or doctorate.