The South Australian business and administration industry employs 98,900 people, which is 12.3% of the State’s workforce.

Business and administration workers can be found within every industry, but governments, banks and insurance companies have more business and administration workers than other industries. There are also significant numbers of these workers in the health and community services industry.

Most of the jobs are in the Adelaide metropolitan area, although there are many regional jobs available.

Job openings for skilled workers

Advertising and sales manager

Corporate secretary


Quick facts about this industry

  • More than two thirds of the workforce are employed full-time.
  • One third of the workforce has diploma, advanced diploma or university degree qualifications or higher.
  • Women make up around two thirds of the business and administration workforce.
  • The age spread of people working in the industry is older than the average age of the South Australian workforce.
  • To work in the business administration industry you need to be organised and have good attention to detail. Computer skills are essential and you have to be able to communicate well with others, particularly in writing.
  • Wages depend on qualifications, experience and level of responsibility. A reception assistant generally earns between $600 and $800 per week. Jobs that require a higher level of expertise and experience will attract higher earnings, such as a human resource manager, which attracts $2,000 per week or more.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Business and finance

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificate  II – Advanced Diploma in Business
  • Certificate II – Diploma in Customer Engagement
  • Certificate III – Diploma in Business Administration
  • Certificate III – Advanced Diploma in Work Health and Safety
  • Certificate III – Advanced Diploma in Recordkeeping
  • Other Certificate III – Advanced Diploma level qualifications include advertising, auditing, business administration (medical), franchising, governance, human resources, international trade, international education services, leadership and management, legal services, library and information services, marketing, micro business operations, project management, purchasing and small business management 

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University disciplines include:

  • Business
  • Commerce
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Human resource management
  • International business
  • Management
  • Marketing      

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

Administration is the hub of every organisation’s planning, staffing, directing, controlling and budgeting functions.

Administration workers are found in almost every organisation, from the front desk to the boardroom, and everywhere in between. They are found in private companies, government agencies, law courts, hospitals, factories and small businesses of every type.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Advertising and marketing professional, call (or contact) centre personnel, director or manager, conveyancer and legal professional, court and legal officer, data analyst, executive assistant/secretary, general clerk, human resource officer, management and organisation analyst, office administrator/manager, project officer, public relations officer, purchasing and supply logistics officer, receptionists/switchboard operator, records officer, safety inspector or regulatory officer.

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

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