If you’re keen on studying Commerce, but not totally sure what you’d like to do with your degree in terms of jobs, don’t fear! We’ve got you covered with our list of 20 jobs you can pursue with a Bachelor of Commerce!
If you have a knack for numbers, we have all the jobs that may fit you. If you’re more into the sociopolitical end of commerce, we have some roles that could suit you as well.
The great thing is, Commerce is a really broad degree that you can go into a lot of careers from.
If you’re starting from the very beginning (a very good place to start), here’s some universities that offer Commerce. One of them might suit you well:
Okay, once you’ve had a look at the degrees, keep reading. We’ll help you find your job with a Bachelor of Commerce!
#1: Tax accountant
Tax Accountants help individuals and companies to understand the tax they need to pay and what they are likely to get back. These accountants work through complex matters like preparing tax statements and financial statements, often for business or people with different streams of income.
This job involves reviewing systems and making suggestions to clients for how they could better manage and document their taxes — you’ll often be their key financial problem solver!
For this career, you need to love numbers and have a great understanding of taxation laws. You also need to be comfortable liaising with the Australian Tax Office or other governing bodies when necessary.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $1,660 per week with strong future growth.
#2: Financial accountant
Financial Accountants have a broader job and generally work with businesses who have complex streams of income (or who are just kind of rich).
You would be responsible for analysing the economic health of the company, including expenditure rates compared to income. You will predict future patterns and suggest improvements which may benefit the company in the long-term.
As a Financial Accountant, you’ll have to have your wits about you. This career must take into account every element of a company’s economic status, including profit and loss, KPIs, wages and previous financial history. It’s your job not only to keep this all in check, but to ensure staff are well-trained in looking after their money and maximising its potential.
You may also have to look out for dodgy clients — it’s much better to point out illegal acts early than let them fester!
Income according to JobOutlook: Same as Tax Accountant
#3: Business analyst
Did you get just a bit too invested in the whole GameStop saga? Aside from annoying all your mates, it may pay off! Business Analysts are responsible for improving the running of a company — they analyse processes, services and products to suggest the best financial routes for their companies.
This role is a little like an Accountant, but much more bigger picture. You’ll be responsible not just for crunching the numbers, but examining how companies are using all their assets, including time. Are staff being used to their best of their ability? Do systems work as they should? That will be for you to figure out!
This is a great one if you’re interested in straddling that line between humanities and finance.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $2274 per week with strong future growth.
#4: Investment analyst
Investment Analysts are vital in evaluating the financial status of a company, especially recent or potential investments.
They collect information and use different skills to find data on the comparative growth of companies compared to those with similar investments. They also suggest ways that companies could grow through their investments or by buying into certain programs.
Generally, Investment Analysts work for an investment company and are contracted out. You need to be able to present your findings in a simple yet effective display that can be understood by managers within a company. You need to have great interpersonal skills and a key understanding of the stock market.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $2307 per week with moderate future growth.
#5: Data analyst
This one is for the number nerds! Data Analysts work with company management to figure out exactly what information a company needs to run most effectively.
In this career, you’ll be looking at trends in data and numbers to identify different growth and recession for your client. You might be looking at sales, but you could also be examining social media trends, campaign response or patterns in client feedback.
Data Analysts often make sense of complex strings of information for the company, incorporating strategies that optimise the expenditure, labour and marketing tactics of a client. Basically, you’ll be an all-in-one when it comes to analysing numbers. If your client needs financial help, or business advice deduced from numbers, you’re there.
#6: Credit analyst
Credit Analysts also examine numbers, but they have a more specific role. In this career, you’ll analyse the continuous credit risks for both individuals and companies.
Credit Analysts take on quite a similar day to day role as Data Analysts. They make sense of complex data and present it in a way that is useful to their clients.
Specifically, they are concerned with the lending and borrowing of a client. Will their credit be beneficial in the long term, is there a more tactical approach to take? Credit Analysts must understand the protocols and internal expenses of their clients in order to successfully manage debt.
On top of this, Credit Analysts occasionally have to reconcile serious matters at both a corporate and legal level. You may be called upon to deal with a company’s credit files or identify big changes in expenditure.
#7: Market research analyst
Okay, let’s zoom out again and look at the job of an Analyst on a more macro level. If you’re into big picture stuff, you may be cut out to be a Market Research Analyst.
This career involves analysing overall sales and objectives of a company to ensure targets are met. You’ll be dealing with numbers, customers and the overall status quo of a client’s market.
Market Research Analysts are often required to coordinate advertising campaigns or budget for upcoming outreach events.
In this role, you’ll be doing a diverse number of things. You need to be someone who is great with numbers and will always consider the financial benefits of any campaign undertaken by the company. However, you also need to build strong relationships!
This job isn’t for everyone — even if you have a Bachelor of Commerce — but can be super rewarding.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $1737 per week with very strong future growth.
Marketing and Sales
#8: Marketing manager
Marketing Managers need to have a keen understanding of the company’s finances, their overall goals and any tactics that are currently in place. You’ll be responsible for rolling out campaign plans and making sure all goals are achieved.
Marketing Managers are often the top of the tier and oversee a whole bunch of stuff under them. As such, you need to be able to budget for money, people power, and time. You’ll know the overall cost of campaigns and what the likely income is as a result.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $2224 with strong future growth.
#9: Marketing coordinator
What’s the difference between a Marketing Coordinator and a Marketing Manager, we hear you asking? If the Manager is the big-shot in the office, the Marketing Coordinator is the one on the ground who figures a whole campaign out.
They’re in charge of the practical elements of marketing and work together with the Marketing Manager to execute campaigns. They pitch ideas, suggest more efficient ways of doing things and keep up to date with industry trends and their competitors.
If you love developing strategy and implementing plans, this could be the job for you!
#10: Account manager
Accountant Managers work for a particular company and are in charge of income, sales and relationships — it’s basically a lot of work with clients. Large companies will often hire an Account Manager to oversee important customers, like wholesale buyers or international stakeholders.
To work as an Account Manager, you’ll need to develop marketing strategies and create media proposals, but you’ll also need to be good with numbers, as you’ll monitor budgets, spending and revenue. You will be responsible for maintaining long-term relationships with clients, so you’ll handle client communications and communicate their needs to your team.
If you love the uni life, we have a role for you! Researchers do exactly that: take on key areas of study and deep dive into them. You could be a market researcher, working for a specific organisation or on behalf of a uni.
Researchers need to be academic and enjoy problem solving. Ideally, you’ll be an analytical thinker who can see gaps in understandings of commerce.
If you like the theoretical stuff, researching can offer some incredibly diverse roles and places of employment. It’s definitely a job to consider if you’ve got a Bachelor of Commerce!
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $1942 with very strong future growth.
#12: Government adviser
This is the more practical end of a research role. As a Government Adviser, you will be highly knowledgeable on an area of economics and have a good grip on the Australian economic climate.
You may work for a certain party, advising them on policy changes or the most beneficial tactic they can take. Often, you’ll be looking into the future to predict trends in the market or things the government might want to change.
You’ll be all over government expenditure. In fact, the socio-political facets of economics is probably your fave thing to talk about. This is a really important role, as Advisers are often the ones who influence final decisions that governments make and scope the future of the company. You’ll likely work in a team and may report to someone like the Treasurer.
Income according to JobOutlook: Same as Researcher.
Other Corporate Roles
#13: HR Consultant
HR consultancy is the perfect role if you’re looking for something that involves creative flare and problem solving! HR professionals are generally responsible for making sure the internal working of the company is smooth. You need to know that all staff are happy in their role, that they are being paid the correct way and that management is disseminating information well.
Whilst this role doesn’t always crunch the numbers, commerce understanding is very beneficial in helping you bridge the line between business pragmatism and great customer service. You’ll be the go-between, extinguishing little fires within the company.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $1,662 per week with very strong future growth.
We often think of Treasurers as a role in the government or a volunteer position, but lots of big corporates have their own Treasurers too!
By taking on this role, you’ll be responsible and accountable for all the money that a company possesses. You’ll have to answer tricky questions about expenditure and may have to sort out other people’s mistakes.
If you’ve got a Bachelor of Commerce, you can think of this job a little like that of a highly specialised secretary. Treasurers organise and oversee a company’s current growth and future potential.
They are often on the Executive board and play an important function in day to day running of corporates. This is especially true in multi-faceted companies that have money coming from a lot of different places at once.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $1916 per week with strong future growth.
#15: Operations manager
Operations managers oversee the production of goods. They make sure that staff are working on-time and efficiently. They are also involved in the budgeting for equipment, time and labour. Often, they also implement strategy and design of materials.
You will have to liaise with staff, clients and often high management to ensure that products are rolled out well.
This role requires critical thinking and analytical skills. You’ll also need to have a great understanding of corporate expenditure. It’s a really great role if you are a big picture thinker and interested in the creation of things.
Finance and Economics
#16: Compensation manager
Ahhh, the dreaded payroll, the dreaded invoices! A feeling any small business or sole trader is all too familiar with. Some people, though, actually thrive on being the one delivering the paycheck!
Many large companies will hire a Compensation Manager to take care of payments made to employees. This includes usually week to week stuff like payrolls, reimbursements and coffee money. However, you might also be called on to help sort out very complex matters of compensation and insurance.
This is definitely a job for Bachelor of Commerce students out there who love numbers. You’ll need a great understanding of change in pay scale, competitive market hire prices and how to just be a nice person and pay your employees well.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $1662 per week with very strong future growth.
And now we present to you one of the most varied jobs available to a graduates of a Bachelor of Commerce — becoming an Economist!
This one is a little tricky to explain, as your precise role will depend on who you’re working for and what you’re trying to find out. Generally, though, Economists collect and analyse data about a key market to discover what’s working and what could be improved. You need to be able to present numbers really well, including getting really complex data down to simple graphs.
You’ll explain market trends, how demographics affect the economy and why your client should listen to your advice. Economists are often contracted and can work for themselves. You might work for a corporation or for the government. Basically, you’re like the really maths-y version of a marketing professional.
#18: Finance Manager
Finance Managers are a little like Treasurers, except they’re responsible specifically for money whilst a Treasurer might oversee all assets of a company.
Finance Managers collect and review information on company’s expenditure. They also suggest what the future financial trends might be and advise on how companies can prepare for them. Finance Managers often oversee a team of people to do research into a company’s financial health.
To be good at this job, your Bachelor of Commerce should help you with leading people and taking on a managerial role. You may be part of the Executive team for the company, which is a big responsibility. You also need to be critical, problem solve quickly and be great at crunching the numbers.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $2268 per week with strong future growth.
#19: Financial adviser
Financial advisers take on a similar role, but they often work for themselves and engage with smaller clients. You generally won’t be part of a team. Instead, clients will be coming to you for assistance (like they would an accountant).
You will generally still be working with corporate companies, but this time, they scout you out for contracts rather than hiring you full time.
Financial Advisers look at the economic welfare of their clients. They often take into account things like financial history, expenditure, future growth and any assets a client may have.
In this role, you’ll also research products and get a grip on the marketplace, which can be relayed to your client in simple terms.
Income according to JobOutlook: Estimate of $2307 per week with moderate future growth.
#20: Roles in e-commerce
The final category we want to include isn’t a single job. Instead, it’s a big shout-out to all the e-commerce jobs that are now available and steadily growing.
As this is a field many people are still getting their heads around, we thought we’d provide an overview with a couple of career suggestions.
E-commerce is the buying and selling of products online. This often occurs in business-to-business setups, or between consumers. Online versions of stores you love (say, buying Rebel online) is a great example of this. There’s also online giants like Amazon that really monopolise the e-commerce space.
The crazy thing about e-commerce (as you probably know), is that not all products sold are actually tangible goods. As cryptocurrencies like bitcoin become bigger, many people are beginning to buy and sell products using purely online transactions and do not exchange money out of their own bank accounts.
Okay, that’s a super brief overview for all us technically-inefficient people who needed to catch up.
How here’s some jobs you can have:
- E-commerce business analyst
- E-commerce project manager
- E-commerce customer service
- E-commerce SEO content writer (using keywords and tactics to make sure your website gets seen)
Really, most of the jobs in the e-commerce sector are pretty comparable to the old office jobs we’ve chatted about above, just with new techniques. This is a really quickly growing sector and one you should definitely keep an eye on for future employment!
And there you have it!
If you’ve been thinking about a Bachelor of Commerce degree, rest assured there are plenty of jobs for you upon graduating. It’s important to find a degree and job you love, so hopefully this list comes in handy when deciding.
Lucinda Garbutt-Young hopes to one day be writing for a big-shot newspaper… or maybe just for a friendly magazine in the arts sector. Right now, she is enjoying studying a Bachelor of Public Communication (Public Relations and Journalism) at UTS while she writes on the side. She also loves making coffees for people in her job as a barista, and loves nothing more than a sun shower.