Sales and marketing are arguably the most important facet of any company. How does capitalism work without competition in the market?As other people have said, the definition of a *** job is highly dependent on one's ideology. Some of my *** jobs:
The fashion industry is based on the assumption that one becomes a different or better person just by changing clothes. I see no difference between racism and fashion. Why is it wrong to judge someone by the color of their skin but perfectly OK to judge someone by the clothes they wear? Both are superficial bases for evaluating a person's worth. Character is a far superior basis.
Most of the financial sector does not create new wealth - it just moves existing wealth around. Venture capital does create jobs and bring new products and services to the market, but most money on Wall Street is not in venture capital. Most buying and selling of stocks and bonds is just transferring money from buyers to sellers, especially those investors who only hold stocks for a short period. The stock market tends to encourage short term goals at the expense of long term goals. (I readily admit I do it myself. I'm heavily invested in the market.)
Personal injury law does not create new wealth - it just transfers money from those who have it to those who can convince a court they've been injured.
Gambling, whether by casinos, horse and dog tracks, lotteries, etc, provides a minimum of entertainment value but mostly just transfers wealth from those who earn it to those who are lucky. There are other entertainment options.
The tax preparation industry is based on the assumption that people only get married, have children, buy a home, save for college or retirement, give to charity, etc only because there are tax incentives to do so. We could do away with the tax preparation industry just by having a tax code free of deductions, exemptions, credits, etc. How much money did you make last year? - This is how much tax you should have paid. No arguments over 'But I should pay less than other people because my behavior conforms with society's expectations.' You may or may not be a conformist but not because of the tax code.
Jobs that create more problems than they solve, perhaps by making dangerous products like tobacco. Opioids are another one - a great short term solution to the problem of pain, but no one planned on long term opioid addiction. There are other solutions to pain management even if they are more expensive in the short term they are probably cheaper in the long term.
Anyone who works in sales, advertising, or marketing - if your job is to convince people to buy something they don't want or need, then you have a *** job.
How do you combat competition from other companies in your field without distinguishing yourself in the marketplace? You need a sales and marketing team.
I can start a company tomorrow, but if I can't let the world know that I exist, what's the purpose? If I'm sitting in my office waiting for purchase orders to fall from the sky, how long do you think I would stay in business?
Sales people aren't designed to sell people things they don't need, but to help people discover a need they didn't know they had. There are different layers of sales..
Retail? If they're working in the store, they usually are interested in the product prior to walking in the door.
B2B sales? The object isn't to sell them something they don't need or want, but to establish a win-win situation for the customer. For the most part, companies aren't stupid. They aren't going to move forward with a purchase without some certainty that it's the best path forward.
If you're speaking about dishonesty in sales and marketing, there isn't a single profession where they wouldn't be detrimental. However, you can't categorize an entire group of professions because of their potential to do harm.