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Job Name

Digital marketer

Job Description
Digital marketers promote brands, products and services through social media, websites and apps.

Salary Low
£20,000 Starter

Salary high:
£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours:
37 to 39 a week

Typical Hours per Day:
evenings occasionally

How to become a digital marketer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

University

You could do a higher national diploma or degree in:

  • marketing
  • management
  • business studies
  • public relations

You could also study a related subject, which would help you get some of the skills that are important for a career in marketing. Subjects include:

  • media
  • humanities
  • English literature
  • English literature and language

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree

College

You could complete a college qualification to help you get your first job. Qualifications include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Marketing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing
  • T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

Apprenticeship

You could do a:

  • digital marketer advanced or degree apprenticeship
  • junior advertising creative advanced apprenticeship

 

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

Work

You could work as a marketing assistant or executive, and then move into a digital marketing role once you've got experience.

Volunteering

You could get good, basic experience and marketing skills by volunteering for a charity and helping with their social media and events communications.

Other Routes

You can find short courses on digital copywriting, marketing and mobile marketing through the Institute of Data and Marketing.

You can study for specialist digital marketing qualifications through The Chartered Institute of Marketing. They offer qualifications from introductory to professional level.

You can also get a communications qualification from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

These qualifications are not essential but they may give you an advantage when applying for jobs. You can also complete qualifications like these while working to help you get ahead in your career.

More Information

Further information

You can get more details about careers and training in digital marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Data and Marketing.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • business management skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a digital marketer, you'll look after different digital products. In your day-to-day tasks you may:

  • work with clients and other marketing professionals
  • liaise with external agencies and suppliers
  • create and update digital content and campaigns
  • produce regular analytics and reports on digital activities
  • manage social platforms and e-communications
  • promote digital services within the organisation
  • keep up to date with digital trends
  • undertake competitor and market research

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in a particular type of digital marketing, like mobile or video marketing.

You could become a senior digital marketing officer or head of online marketing. You could also work as a freelance digital marketing consultant, or move into related areas like advertising, sales, e-commerce or public relations.







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