Career Overview

An entrepreneur is a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.


No official training is required to become an entrepreneur; however, a two or four-year degree in business or another appropriate field (depending on the business type) would definitely be valuable!

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$50,000 /yr
$95,000 /yr
$171,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible, including psychology!
  • Marketing
  • Foreign Languages
Work Environment

The work environment will depend on the type of business that is opened. Typically, an entrepreneur will likely work many hours per week (many more than 40), especially during the first few years after the business has been opened.

Future Outlook

The job outlook depends upon the type of business that is opened and its geographical location. Many small businesses don't survive for very long, so entrepreneurs generally take on a lot of risk.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada