Business, Education & Training

The global economy is changing, and Australia’s business, education and training sectors must be ‘future fit’ to grow into the future. Social media engagement, data analytics and digital technologies are changing the way we work, and Australian businesses, financial institutions and training organisations need professionals with modern skills to keep pace. This is an important industry to be involved in, and you’ll be amazed at the career choices available to you.

Contribution to the Australian economy

Business Services

Industry Value

$67.2 billion

Gross value added

People Employed


People employed in the sector

Business Trading


Businesses trading in the sector

Financial, Legal and Accounting Services

Industry Value

$55.0 billion

Gross value added

People Employed


People employed in the sector

Business Trading


Businesses trading in the sector

* Statistics sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. For more information, please refer to the Statistics Explained page.

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Sectors & Occupations

The business, education and training industry touches the lives of all Australians. The business sector employs skilled professionals to manage our organisations, our wealth and our financial security, while the education and training sector employs professional trainers to prepare us with work ready skills for the labour market. Many gained their practical skills and hands-on experience through ‘real life’ vocational education and training (VET) courses.

Check out a sample of the most popular occupations in each sector. Click on them for more information.

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Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships (apprenticeships and traineeships) are an important part of VET. Gaining a VET qualification through an Australian Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations. Australian Apprenticeships combine time at work with training, and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

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Career Stories

VET delivers outstanding employment results for its graduates – watch the following stories and see for yourself. You will be amazed at the career pathways that a VET qualification can unlock for you in the business, education and training industry.

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Philadelphia’s Story

VET gives people the opportunity to start or further their careers from any point, even if they haven’t finished school.”

VET Qualification: Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Career: Frontline Manager

Philadelphia wanted to progress in her career, so she decided to complete a qualification in frontline management. She enrolled in the VET qualification to show her manager that she was serious about her career in management, and she is now undertaking a degree through the Northern Territory Public Sector Indigenous Cadetship Support Program.

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Ashleigh’s Story

I’ve been able to achieve so much more than if I had gone the traditional route of university.”

VET Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration

Career: Human Resources Administrator

Two years into a university degree in international relations, Ashleigh decided to withdraw from her tertiary studies to undertake a traineeship in business administration. She secured a position with Greyhound Australia as a workshop administrator and is now thinking about enrolling in a Bachelor of Business.

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Westpac Banking Corporation

There’s nothing like having a business card which says that you’re qualified to give the advice that you need to deliver on a daily basis.”

Industry: Banking and Finance

Employees: 36,000

Through its Best Banker Professional Qualifications Program, Westpac provides its bankers with training to allow them to undertake a range of specialist roles across the organisation. More than 2,200 employees have completed formal qualifications through the program.

Skills for your Career

My Skills can help you find the right course to ignite your career in the business, education and training industry. You can search for VET courses and compare information such as fees, durations, graduate satisfaction, job prospects and available subsidies.

There are a number of different ways to search for VET courses on My Skills.

Course Search

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Careers in Demand

No skilled occupations are currently in shortage in the business, education and training industry.

Growth Areas

Computer system design and related services is the largest employing sector in the industry. If you’re interested in a career in telecommunications, the following VET courses are worth considering, because they will prepare you for work in areas where employment is expected to grow over the next three years.

Data has been sourced from the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment and SSO/IRC Industry Skills Forecasts (Business Services, Education, Financial Services).


With so much information about careers, it’s hard to know where to start or where to look.
Here are a few sites you may find useful once you’ve found the right VET course and training provider on My Skills.