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Social Media Manager

"Social media is addictive precisely because it gives us something that the real world lacks: it gives us immediacy, direction and value as an individual."

- David Amerland

The Details

Social media managers are in charge of representing a company across social channels. They respond to comments, compile campaigns and create content. These experts provide organizations with the guidance needed to enhance their online presence. If you haven’t seen the movie “The Social Dilemma” we highly recommend you check it out!

In this WorkMYX you’ll learn everything you need to know to become a social media marketing manager. We’ll start with basics and then take a deep dive into all the tools and strategies experts are using to create a digital impact. By the end of this course, you will be a social media marketing pro armed with two certifications ready to enter the workforce!

Why It's Hot Right Now

  • 10% job growth expected through 2026 (source: cnbc.com)

  • #42 in CNN analysis of “Careers with Big Growth, Great Pay and Satisfying Work," Linkedin reports a 1357% increase in social media positions listed on the platform since 2010 (source: cnn.com)

Influencers in the Field

Gary Vaynerchuk

Let's Talk About the $

Social Media Manager salaries average $70,000 per year

Social Impact

Social media is a powerful tool. Will you use it for good or evil?

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose between The University of Sydney: Ethical Social Media course or Yale University: The Science of Wellbeing course.




BS degree in digital marketing or communications


6-8 semesters


$40,000 - $68,000


workmyxSocial Media Manager


  • Skills needed to become a successful social media manager.
  • Facebook social media marketing professional certificate.
  • Course credits can be used towards a future degree.*
  • TIME

    1 semester



    *Dependent on University credit transfer policies

    workmyx: Social Media Manager

    1. Facebook

    Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate

    Whether you’ve been tinkering with social media platforms for your business already or are completely new to the field of digital marketing, you’ve come to the right place. This six-course program, developed by digital marketing experts at Aptly together with Facebook marketers, includes industry-relevant curriculum designed to prepare you for an entry-level role in social media marketing.

    After an introduction to digital marketing and the main social media platforms, you’ll learn to establish an online presence, create posts, build a following, and manage your social media accounts. You’ll develop skills in creating and managing advertising campaigns in social media and learn to evaluate the results of your marketing efforts.

    Most importantly, throughout the program you’ll get to practice your new skills through hands-on projects, the results of which you can showcase through a portfolio of your work. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll earn both the Coursera and the Facebook Digital Marketing Associate Certification, proving your skills in social media marketing and in the use of Facebook Ads Manager.

    What You'll Learn:

    • Create and analyze an effective advertising campaign for your target audience
    • Create a creative brief that includes the assets for your paid ad
    • Create, edit, and troubleshoot ads in Facebook Ads Manager
    • Establish and manage a social media presence

    2. NorthWestern

    Social Media Marketing

    In a 2018 survey of businesses, Buffer found that only 29% had effective social media marketing programs. A recent survey of consumers by Tomoson found 92% of consumers trust recommendations from other people over brand content, 70% found consumer reviews to be their second most trusted source, 47% read blogs developed by influencers and experts to discover new trends and new ideas and 35% used blogs to discover new products and services. Also, 20% of women who use social media considered products promoted by bloggers they knew. Today, businesses and consumers use social media to make their purchase decisions.

    Created in 2014, this Specialization is updated every quarter to ensure you are receiving the most up-to-date training. The Social Media Marketing Specialization is designed to achieve two objectives. It gives you the social analytics tools, and training to help you become an influencer on social media. The course also gives you the knowledge and resources to build a complete social media marketing strategy – from consumer insights to final justification metrics. In each course, you will also receive special toolkits with timely information and when you pay for the Capstone, you receive a market planning toolkit.

    What You'll Learn

    • What is social and the importance of listening
    • Engagement and nurturing marketing strategies
    • Content advertising and social ICM
    • The business of social media

    3. The University of Sydney

    Ethical Social Media

    Social media connects us across space and time, allowing us to find like-minded communities and participate creatively in public life as never before. We may often use social media without thinking much about the possible consequences. But there is a shadow side associated with social media use, which takes the form of hate speech, increased surveillance, lack of anonymity and questionable use of our data. What do we need to know to use social media spaces effectively, in a way that is safe and productive for all?

    This course will guide you into a deeper exploration of online identity, social media communities and their users. You will examine the ways that social media is being used by public institutions such as the government to build participation and conversation with audiences. You will encounter the most common ethical debates in social media.

    You will also have the opportunity to build your practical skills by developing your professional social media profile, defining your audience, building your social media influence and understanding how to interpret data analytics to "listen" and communicate well.

    What You'll Learn

    • Social media concepts and ethics
    • Collaborative practices in social media
    • Participatory culture and media organization
    • Social media data analytics

    4. Deep Teaching Solutions

    Learning How To Learn

    This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

    Using these approaches, no matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life. If you’re already an expert, this peep under the mental hood will give you ideas for: turbocharging successful learning, including counter-intuitive test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets. If you’re struggling, you’ll see a structured treasure trove of practical techniques that walk you through what you need to do to get on track. If you’ve ever wanted to become better at anything, this course will help serve as your guide.

    What You'll Learn

    • Illusions of learning, memory techniques and how to master tough subjects
    • Proven techniques to help you deal with procrastination
    • How to turbocharge successful learning including practical techniques

    5. Yale

    The Science of Wellbeing

    In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

    What You'll Learn

    • Gratitude
    • Happiness
    • Meditation
    • Savoring

    This work totals 198 hours over the course of 15 weeks

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