How to become an Advertising Account Executive

Advertising account executives devise and coordinate advertising campaigns to encourage consumers to purchase particular products or services.

Personal requirements of a Advertising Account Executive

  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Good communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Analytical ability

Education & Training for a Advertising Account Executive

To become an advertising account executive you usually have to complete a degree with a major in advertising or marketing and have relevant work experience. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

The Communications Council offers various short courses and certificates for people working in the industry, which may assist career progression. Refer to their website for more details.

Duties & Tasks of a Advertising Account Executive

Advertising account executives:

  • discuss the products to be advertised with clients and other stakeholders
  • brief other specialists in the agency and develop the details of a campaign
  • present suggestions to clients along with a summary of the expenditure involved, and negotiate and arrange for modifications if required
  • supervise and coordinate the work of the relevant production departments to ensure the campaign meets deadlines and budget requirements.
  • keep in contact with clients throughout projects and deal with problems as they arise
  • assist the client with marketing strategies.

Working conditions for a Advertising Account Executive

Advertising account executives usually work as part of a team and closely with their clients. Their work is usually carried out under pressure to compete for clients' accounts and to meet their requirements within strict deadlines.

Employment Opportunities for a Advertising Account Executive

Advertising account executives usually work for advertising agencies that can vary in size and scope. Large agencies are often confined to metropolitan areas, as the advertising and promotions industry must have direct access to the major business districts, associated industry groups and media. Career prospects are dependent on a reputation for effective advertising management. Employment is affected by the availability of advertising funds in corporate and other organisations, the perceived effect of advertising on consumers, the type of advertising considered appropriate, and the number of special events and new developments that require advertising and promotional campaigns.


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Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0.8%

NSW 49.6%

NT 0.1%

QLD 9.1%

SA 3.2%

TAS 0.7%

VIC 31.4%

WA 5.1%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 44%

Female 56%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 3.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 13.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 3.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 57.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 10.6%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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