For the eighth-straight year, Clemson University’s department of marketing has been recognized by a national organization as having one of the top sales education programs in the U.S.

For its competency in preparing and placing students in professional selling roles, Clemson has been named to the Sales Education Foundation’s “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” in the organization’s 2017 annual magazine.

Recent research suggests 60 percent of all business majors and 88 percent of all marketing majors begin their professional careers in a sales-related role.

Jesse Moore, interim chair of the department of marketing, said Clemson’s consistent presence on the Sales Education Foundation list is a reflection of the College of Business’ commitment to helping students understand the sales process within organizations.

“Faculty, students and staff put a strong emphasis on communication skills and hands-on experience in preparing students for sales careers,” Moore said. “Our continuing presence on this list is a testament to the quality of professional sales classes and career preparation our students receive.”

Sally Stevens, executive director of the Sales Education Foundation, said companies should have an increased focus on partnering with university sales programs like Clemson’s, and hiring their graduates. In her 2017 Annual Letter from the Editor she notes, “Candidates from these (sales) programs are more prepared to align with their initial sales roles and to compete in the ever-changing global economy.”

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