Most account managers list "customer service," "communication," and "account management" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important account manager responsibilities here:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming an account manager. We found that 69.6% of account managers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 6.5% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most account managers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every eight account managers were not college graduates.
Those account managers who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or marketing degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for account managers include communication degrees or psychology degrees.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become an account manager. We've found that most account manager resumes include experience from Colonial Life & Accident Insurance .., ICF, and Anthem. Of recent, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance .. had 234 positions open for account managers. Meanwhile, there are 161 job openings at ICF and 100 at Anthem.
If you're interested in companies where account managers make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at UBS, SRG Global, and Exterran. We found that at UBS, the average account manager salary is $157,813. Whereas at SRG Global, account managers earn roughly $126,813. And at Exterran, they make an average salary of $124,628.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a account manager include AT&T;, CDW, and Dell. These three companies were found to hire the most account managers from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
For the most part, account managers make their living in the technology and manufacturing industries. Account managers tend to make the most in the manufacturing industry with an average salary of $80,544. The account manager annual salary in the health care and technology industries generally make $74,441 and $73,377 respectively. Additionally, account managers who work in the manufacturing industry make 22.0% more than account managers in the retail Industry.