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If you enjoy innovating or creating, organising or managing, negotiating or problem solving, promoting or pitching, and tackling new challenges, then the future holds a Business card with your name on it.

Why would I want to be a business professional?

Business professionals work in many different disciplines and across every sector: professional, commercial, government, and not-for-profit. Being a business professional is all about working with people as part of a team, to achieve the best outcomes for your organisation, company, agency or business, using the latest techniques, technology and resources.

Business professionals are always in demand and have great work prospects. They also have great flexibility to apply their skills and experience over the course of their career in many different ways. In the past, it was common to spend your entire working life in the same area; today, business professionals move from challenge to challenge, re-energising themselves, re-inventing their career, and diversifying and growing their work and life experiences every 4 or 5 years.

Business professionals find work opportunities around the world. Australian-born or educated entrepreneurs and business leaders are recognised for their skills, qualifications and leadership style in Australia and overseas.

In 2013, the median starting salary for university business graduates (Bachelor, newly qualified, under 25) was $50k (accounting); $48k (business); and $55k (economics). (source: Graduate Careers Australia. - Grad Jobs and Dollars 2013)

Between 2010 and 2013, the median salary for all graduates in the broad field of education management and commerce rose from $50k to $70k (source: Graduate Careers Australia. - Beyond Graduation Survey, 2013 - Table 11)

What is the business profession all about?

You’ll be surprised at the range of career options a business qualification can open up for you. Specialisations include jobs in the professional, commercial, government, education and not-for-profit sectors to name just a few. You will be amazed where your career will take you.

Business careers fall into six broad fields, and there are many roles within each:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Each one of these covers a different area of business but they are all linked together by being involved in the different aspects of running a business whether very large or very small. Find out more about these roles and the skills you need.

Business profession snapshot - facts and figures

You can investigate more about a selection of business professions by using our Business Infographic  2017 resource (PDF 821 kb)

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