Sales and Marketing are among the most competitive and highly rewarding career paths. Nearly every organization that interacts with the public needs to have effective team members who can market and sell their products or services.
One key benefit to positions in sales and marketing is the opportunity to expand into other key roles at a company---such as COO. Another advantage in many cases is the ability to take ownership of your upside earning potential with bonuses and commissions based on performance. Finally, it is often possible to make lateral industry moves that are difficult or impossible with many jobs. Sales and Marketing skills learned in one field can frequently be applied to an entirely different industry.