You may think that the best marketers and analysts work for large corporations. Their job is to make their company profitable, after all.

Well, actually, they're wrong. The best marketers and analysts do work for large corporations; however, these companies are not always successful because of their marketing or analysis. In fact, there are plenty of examples where good marketing would have only enhanced the success of a product while bad marketing undermined even the most promising products.

So how does one become a professional in this field? How can you get paid to play with numbers and analyze data if you aren't yet an expert? Here's your crash course:

# 1 Get Experience - You don't need a degree in this field to start learning about it. And you don't need an MBA to apply the concepts you learn.

Many companies will let you do some work under them as a contract project before hiring you on permanently. This is often an opportunity for new analysts or marketers to learn about their new company and how they want things done. Remember that crash course I mentioned earlier?

# 2 Get Paid - You're not going to become marketable if all of your work experience is for free, working as a volunteer. It's great to get those warm fuzzies from helping out and building something and gaining experience in the process (it really is) but it's not practical unless you aren't paying rent yet.

You know how "they," say, "if we can put a man on the moon, why can't we ____?" Fill in the blank. Well, if you can't fill it in for yourself, I'll do it for you: "If WE can put a man on the moon, why can't WE go to mars?"

Once your resume includes that one or two sentences about how you've worked under them (for pay) then they might be able to start thinking about helping YOU launch YOUR career.

# 3 Network - It's not enough just to get experience and paid work because there are lots of people who do these things well. How do you make sure your resume gets looked at instead of all those other resumes? You need to network with people AND show off what you know.

How can you network? It's not tough.

You follow people in the field on Twitter and Facebook, find them on LinkedIn, connect with them on Google+ and comment on their blogs where appropriate. You want these professionals to know who you are and what your interests are.

If they "followed" back or left a comment then that was even better! If they ask a question of everyone else in the group then answer it in a thorough yet concise manner. People notice when you have good ideas so speak up; don't be afraid to say something controversial if you have proof for your claims. Remember: be original, but always back up your opinions with information from reliable sources. This will get attention and make them think about you.

Don't be afraid to share content you've written or liked, too. You can even retweet articles that you know will interest your network (and the person who wrote it). They may notice that and start looking into you ... which once again shows them what you're about.

You can also network face-to-face with people by attending conferences in your area of expertise. You'll make connections with like-minded professionals and build relationships! It really is that easy, assuming you already have the experience needed to get past HR (which you should if you're interested in this field ).

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# 4 Don't Be Afraid - Marketing analysis isn't tough to understand; it's basically how businesses use math and statistics to figure out how to make more money.

It's not too hard to get started with this, either. Companies will hire students on a part-time basis while they're going through school and then move them up once they have the experience required - that is, IF you've stood out from the crowd by showing what you can do and how interested you are in what happens behind the scenes at a company.

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