Top Professional Associations for Business Students

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Are you looking for ways to strengthen your resume and develop relevant work experience? Joining a professional organization or the student chapter of a professional association is one powerful way to position your future for success in your respective career field.

A professional organization is a non-profit organization seeking to further a particular profession and the interests of individuals employed in the field. Nearly every career field has at least one professional organization and membership is typically welcome at all points in your career.

There are several professional business organizations for individuals pursuing careers in this field. Keep reading to learn some of the benefits of becoming a member of one of these associations.

Why join a professional business organization?

Joining a group like this allows you to take advantage of student leadership opportunities that can help you sharpen the skills you’ll need to advance your business career. It also encourages networking with individuals and employers in the industry and gives your resume a little something extra. Highlighting your membership shows employers you’re dedicated to your career.

What’s more is that you’ll often have opportunities to attend prominent business conferences and conventions. Some organizations provide members with access to exclusive career resources, such as job postings, information about seminars, publications, or training and certification courses that may be suitable for your vocational path.

Now that you’re aware of the advantages of joining a professional business association, take a look at some of the options that pertain to your particular area of interest.

Professional business organizations to consider

Accounting & finance:

Marketing:

  • American Marketing Association (AMA): The American Marketing Association (AMA) is the largest marketing association in North America and is a resource that thousands of marketers utilize daily.
  • eMarketing Association (eMA): The eMarketing Association (eMA) is the world's largest international association of eMarketing professionals, providing resources and services to the online marketing community.
  • 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 in the ever-evolving sales world.
  • Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI): Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI) is the worldwide organization dedicated to connecting individuals in the sales and marketing arenas.
  • Social Media Club: Social Media Club is a professional organization that promotes social media literacy. They work to develop industry standards and provide members knowledge of industry trends in the cutting-edge field of social media marketing.

Business management & supply chain management:

  • American Management Association: The AMA provides trainings and valuable resources to ensure business professionals stay knowledgeable in the competitive business world.
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS): The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) provides research and education and certification programs for supply chain and operations management professionals.
  • DECA: This international, non-profit organization has been developing the business skills of college and high school students since 1946. DECA members have the opportunity to network with local business leaders and develop business skills through mock presentations and competitions.
  • Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO): The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a global network working to enhance entrepreneurs’ abilities to be successful by learning and growing from each other’s knowledge and experience.

Human resources:

Healthcare management:

Become a well-rounded business professional

Becoming a member of a professional business organization is a great step toward building your business resume. But even being a model member of one of these organizations won’t make up for a lack of knowledge and experience. Learn how a business degree can help you acquire the skills you need to succeed.

*Disclaimer: This article was originally published in Dec. 2012 by Jennifer Castaldo. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2015.

Will Erstad

Will is a Sr. Content Specialist at Collegis Education. He researches and writes student-focused articles on a variety of topics for Rasmussen University. He is passionate about learning and enjoys writing engaging content to help current and future students on their path to a rewarding education.

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