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Associate Degrees in Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing

1,548 Yearly Graduations
$22,100 Median Salary
$24,375 Median Debt
An associate degree in specialized marketing is offered at 92 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 43% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 15.9% of specialized marketing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Specialized Marketing Majors

In 2019-2020, 1,548 earned their associate degree in specialized marketing. This earns it the #8 spot on the list of the most popular associate degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in specialized marketing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,867
Associate Degree 1,548
Basic Certificate 628
Master’s Degree 169
Undergraduate Certificate 105
Graduate Certificate 40

Earnings of Specialized Marketing Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in specialized marketing is $22,100. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $20,100 to a high of $28,950.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate degree in specialized marketing is $24,375. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $28,388 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,500.


Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $253.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate degree in specialized marketing. About 86.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 217
Women 1,331

The racial-ethnic distribution of specialized marketing associate degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 134
Black or African American 136
Hispanic or Latino 327
White 584
International Students 246
Other Races/Ethnicities 121

There are 92 colleges that offer an associate degree in specialized marketing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

Specialized Marketing Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fashion Merchandising 1,399
Tourism Marketing Operations 44
Apparel & Accessories Marketing 36
Tourism Promotion Operations 33
Business & Personal Marketing 18

Below are some popular majors that are similar to specialized marketing that offer associate degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 60,445
Business & Commerce 17,132
Accounting 11,615
Business Support & Assistance 3,542
Hospitality Management 2,636


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

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