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Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

    Work Activities
    • Discuss with the client the product, advertising themes and methods, and any changes that should be made in advertising copy.
    • Present drafts and ideas to clients.
    • Vary language and tone of messages based on product and medium.
    • Develop advertising campaigns for a wide range of clients, working with an advertising agency's creative director and art director to determine the best way to present advertising information.
    • Write articles, bulletins, sales letters, speeches, and other related informative, marketing and promotional material.
    • Conduct research and interviews to determine which of a product's selling features should be promoted.
    • Invent names for products and write the slogans that appear on packaging, brochures and other promotional material.
    • Review advertising trends, consumer surveys, and other data regarding marketing of goods and services to determine the best way to promote products.
    Skills
    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    0
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Written Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary 50790/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.42/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,570
    • Yearly Projected Openings 340
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Innovation
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Photocopiers
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Flash memory storage card
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Presentation software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Desktop publishing software