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How to become an Account Manager
For an account manager in public relations or advertising, a bachelor's degree in advertising, public relations, journalism, or communications is recommended, as is becoming an intern. With five years of work experience, account managers in public relations may sit for the Accredited in Public Relations certification exam offered by the Public Relations Society of America.
For technology fields, an engineering degree-or at least some experience and understanding of the company that one wants to work for is a pre-requisite for the job. Some account managers in manufacturing find that getting Certified Professional Manufacturer's Representative credentials can help their careers.
After completing a bachelor's degree, an aspiring account manager can be hired as a junior account executive, or assistant account manager. Account managers seeking advancement opportunities may want to pursue a master's degree, and could be one way for managers to stand out in the sea of job candidates.