Study in Business, IT and tourism

The University of the Sunshine Coast prides itself on an innovative approach to business, IT and tourism education, giving students the confidence to aim high in the careers market.

About the business, IT and tourism programs

USC’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) graduates will have the world at their feet as they plunge into one of Queensland’s most dynamic and fastest growing sectors.

At USC, a Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology features small class sizes to allow for high staff-to-student interaction and offers internships with proven companies to gain valuable industry experience. The degree leads to exciting career opportunities in fields such as business systems analysis, ICT support, network engineering, systems architecture/integration, database programming and web programming.

USC offers a range of business programs where students can major and/or minor in accounting, financial planning, human resource management, information systems, international business, tourism, leisure and event management, marketing, management and property.

A business degree can open many doors for graduates with jobs in the areas of business management, human resource management, marketing management, market research, international business, importing/exporting, industrial relations, tourism and hospitality management, retail/sales, computing, and systems analysis.

If you dream of starting up your own business, USC offers courses in entrepreneurship for enterprising students. Courses feature team projects, simulations, field work and workshops to give students the skills they need in the make-or-break world of business.

If you have a passion for research, you can choose to do a Master of Business by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (Business). A range of supervised research areas are available to higher degree students including accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, international business, marketing, management and tourism.

Why study business, IT and tourism at USC?

USC’s business, information technology and tourism programs offer the following benefits to its students:

  • Gives students greater career options by equipping them with a degree that is more attuned to the job market
  • Emphasis on the development of practical skills with industry-related projects
  • High calibre, experienced teaching staff
  • Interesting double degree programs
  • Access to high-quality research programs and expertise
  • Option to complete some elective subjects internationally

Employment prospects

The Australian Government’s Department of Employment is projecting a 4.2 percent growth in jobs in the information media and telecommunications industry over the five years encompassing 2013-2017, which equates to an increase of almost 10,000 jobs. During the same time period, it also projects an increase of 3.8 percent in the financial and insurance services industry, which equates to an increase of more than 16,000 jobs.

According to government statistics, Queensland boasts a vibrant and diverse ICT industry which employs 80,000 people (ABS Labour Force Surveys 2011), has 4,600 employing businesses (ABS Count of Australian Businesses 2007-9), and generates A$29 billion in revenues (Queensland ICT Industry Survey 2007).

According to the Queensland Government, the Queensland tourism industry directly contributed almost $A10.5 billion or 3.7 percent to gross state product in 2011–2012 annually. It employed some 136,000 people directly and indirectly, representing 5.9 percent of Queensland's workforce.

More information

business, IT and tourism graduate Luke Palmer
My job

I provide financial planning advice to business owners in the areas of investments, insurance, superannuation, estate planning, asset structuring and protection.

How I got the job

I worked in NAB’s Business Banking team while studying and I had a position created for me on the North-side of Brisbane once I finished my studies.

What I enjoy most

I like being able to impart my knowledge to my clients to ensure they meet their financial goals.

I meet a wide variety of business owners and I get to know their story including how they became successful and their goals and aspirations.

Why university?

It provided me with greater opportunities. The degree assisted me in exceeding the minimum expectation in the Financial Planning industry (RG146) qualification, and also set me up to enrol in the Certified Financial Planner designation through the Financial Planning Association of Australia which has a degree requirement.

Why USC?

It had a fantastic selection of courses. At the time, USC was one of the only universities that offered the specialised subjects for the career I wanted to pursue. USC also suited my lifestyle and met my study goals.

The flexible study options meant I could complete my degree part time, mainly after work, while I was working full time.

I also liked the small class sizes. It was great to have more personal contact with the staff running the subjects.

Luke Palmer
Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning), 2010
Financial Planning Manager, NAB Financial Planning