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Advertising Schools

As a professor or instructor of advertising classes at one of the 304 accredited advertising schools in the country, you play a valuable role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in advertising academia which includes advertising training at the following levels:

  • Advertising Certificate
  • Associates degree in Advertising
  • Bachelors degree in Advertising
  • Masters degree in Advertising
  • PhD degree in Advertising


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Advertising professionals

285,040 289,260 293,550 284,840 271,840
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 271,840 advertising professionals working in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of advertising professionals has shrunk by 5%.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Advertising professionals

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25th percentile
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90th percentile

In 2010, the median salary earned by advertising professionals around the nation, was $69,118 per year. This is 19% more than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Advertising

$61,658 $64,550 $66,550 $67,330 $69,118
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 12% growth in advertising professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Advertising Student enrollment growth by degree

642 615 575 672 407
8,761 8,989 9,700 10,225 9,736
1 7 9 7 7
552 544 585 617 597
39 64 66 112 185
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Advertising
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Advertising
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Advertising
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Advertising
  • Grey: Certificate in Advertising

The career outlook for advertising professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 9,995 students graduated from advertising degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 10,932 students graduated from advertising schools.

This represents a 9% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from advertising courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Advertising Programs offered Nationwide


While student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering advertising programs has also increased. In 2006 there were 278 advertising schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 304 schools.

Advertising Faculty Salaries

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