Why a Career in Sales?
High Employment Opportunities
Many industries have large number of requirements in the sales and marketing domain. Industries such as FMCG/Consumer Durables/Banking and Financial Services/IT & ITES/Pharmaceuticals/Tourism & Hospitality/Real Estate/Telecommunication/ Healthcare & Medical Devices/Automobile/Energy/ Chemical etc. need good sales professionals to achieve their growth objectives.
High Earning Potential:
In corporate India, salary of a sales manager with 3-5 years of experience ranges between INR 13 lacs – 30 lacs, with 5-10 years of experience it goes up to INR 20 lacs – 75 lacs and with 10-15 years of experience it reaches up to 35 lacs – 1 Crore (Source: India Salary Benchmark, 2018 Report, Michael Page)
FMCG industry, which employs highest number of sales and marketing professionals, is the highest paying among all industries in India with an average annual salary of 11.3 lacs across all functions (Source: Ranstad)
Career Progression in Sales Domain:
After graduating from a premier business school, candidates usually start their sales career from Assistant Manager/Deputy Manager level. With 3-5 years of experience one reaches at the level of Area Sales Manager/Zonal Sales Manager and finally occupying senior management positions like County head/VP-AVP-Sales/Chief Sales Officer/Chief Marketing Officer with higher experience.
Good training ground for other Marketing Positions:
Most of the successful brand managers / product managers / marketing research professionals have started their career in sales. The experience in the field provides excellent exposure to the ground realities that enable sound judgements in addressing various marketing issues.
Brighter outlook for graduates trained in Sales & Marketing domain:
From recruiters’ perspective, ‘Marketing’ and ‘Business Development’ are the top most job functions to hire b-school graduates @ 71% globally and 88% in the Asia-Pacific region (Source: GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey Report, 2017)
Profiles Offered in Sales & Marketing
Indicative list of companies offering sales & marketing profies at TAPMI in the last 3 years