Top Professional Associations for Business Students

As a student, you are always striving to find ways to do something great for your future job search and your career. Joining a Professional Association or the student chapter of a professional association is one powerful way to position your future for success in your given career field. There is a professional association for almost any career and membership is typically welcome at all points in your college experience--from freshman to senior year, or beyond.

A professional association is a non-profit organization seeking to further a particular profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession. Joining a professional organization allows you to take advantage of student leadership possibilities that can help you develop your skills and prove useful on your resume, encourages networking with individuals and employers in your career field, and gives your resume a good boost—showing that you are dedicated to staying connected in your profession. In addition, you can attend conferences and conventions given by the experts in your field of study, and gain access to career resources, such as viewing job openings, information about seminars, publications, and training or certification classes that may be suitable for your vocational path.

So, whether you are looking to learn about job postings in your field, network in your professional community, gain access to current events in your career area, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction!

Below are listings of professional Associations for the School of Business:

For students seeking Accounting degrees

The Professional Accounting Society of America (PASA):Since 2005, PASA, a professional accounting society, focuses on entry-level and mid-level associates working at accounting firms across America.

The Association of Professional Accounting & Tax Consultants : Formed in 1981, The Association of Professional Accounting and Tax Consultants Inc., consists of self-employed individuals whose focus is to assist their clients.

American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) : The American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA), formed in 1938, provides opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance.

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International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) : IFAC is a global organization, representing 2.5 million Accountants employed.

National Association of Black Accountants : Since 1969, the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., focuses on promoting and developing minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance.

The American Finance Association (AFA): The purpose of The American Finance Association is to promote the knowledge of financial economics.

American Bankers Association : Founded in 1875, the American Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes, supporting the nation’s banking industry and employees.

Association for Financial Professionals, Inc. (AFP) : The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) serves treasury and finance professionals.

For students seeking Marketing and Sales degrees

American Marketing Association (AMA) : The American Marketing Association (AMA) is the largest marketing association in North America and is the source that Marketers utilize daily.

Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI) : Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI) is the worldwide organization dedicated to connecting individuals in the sales and marketing arenas.

eMarketing Association (eMA) : The eMarketing Association (eMA) is the world's largest international association of eMarketing professionals, providing resources and services to the marketing community. 

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International Social Media Association (ISMA) : ISMA engages in promoting social media benefits, while encouraging peers and suppliers to network and stay abreast of the competition. 

The National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP) : Since 1991, The National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP), has been committed to developing Sales professionals to become leaders, enhancing visibility, in the quick-changing sales world.

American Management Association : The AMA provides trainings and valuable resources to ensure Business professionals stay knowledgeable in the competitive business world.

Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO):The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), a global network, enhances Entrepreneurs’ to be successful, by learning and growing from each other’s knowledge and experience. 

For students seeking Human Resources degrees

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM):SHRM is the world’s largest association, dedicated to serving the needs of Human Resource Management Professionals.

National Human Resources Association (NHRA) : Established in 1951, the National Human Resources Association (NHRA), supports the professional development of human resource professionals.

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) : Professionals In Human Resources Association, founded in 1944, provides Human Resources professionals the opportunity to collaborate and enhance the profession.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) : Founded in 1942, the International Association of Administrative Professionals provides Administrative professionals opportunities for growth, networking, education, and development.  

For students seeking Healthcare Management degrees

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM): The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) is the premier professional organization in healthcare administrative management.

The Professional Association of Health Care Office Management : This Association is designed to focus on local health care concerns by networking with hospitals and medical organizations to solve local problems.   

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Jennifer Castaldo is a Career Service Advisor for Rasmussen College Online in Florida. In her role, she assists students with career-related questions, career placement services, and job preparation tips.

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