Business & professional

If you work in the business and professional sector, you'll be providing services in areas like accounting, business management, finance, economics, sales and marketing, project management, administration and employment.

The sector also includes jobs in trade unions, employer organisations and associations.

Jobs in the business and professional section cross over into every kind of industry imaginable. You could be working in reception for an oil refinery, doing the accounts for a bookseller or be part of the human resources team for a telecommunications company.

The are also many opportunities to work interstate or overseas with many of the skills in the business and professional sector.

Associations, peak bodies & government organisations

Visit these organisations to find out more about each industry including information about jobs, career paths and training opportunities.

Australian Council of Trade Unions
Australian Direct Marketing Association
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Australian Institute of Management
Australian Institute of Project Management
Business Council of Australia
CPA Australia
Customer Service Institute of Australia
Institute of Chartered Accountants
Public Relations Institute of Australia
Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Career profiles

Find out about the types of jobs that people do in the business and professional sector.

Hamdam, early 20s

Name: Claire

I'm at the front desk so I will greet people as they come in for their appointments and answer incoming phone calls. I will also help out with enquiries from job seekers who come into the office to use the available facilities." Find out what it's like to be an administrator.
As an Indigenous Project Officer Trainee you will get to visit galleries across Australia for meetings and conferences and also get to work closely with the Aboriginal community. Find out more about being an Indigenous Project Officer!

Suzanne, Private Naturopathy Practitioner

Rosemary, Part Time Receptionist, 30s

To become a stockbroker, it will help if you have an understanding of the financial sector and markets, strong people skills, good judgement, and knowledge of accounting and other business practices. Read more.
Although financial planning might not be a career considered by many school leavers, it's the right time to get into the field, as it's a profession that's likely to go from strength to strength. In order to become a financial planner you'll need to be good at explaining fairly complex things in understandable terms. Read more.
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Eileen, early 30s

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Caroline, PR business owner, 32

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