Minister of Parliament
Description: A Minister of Parliament is the Australian equivalent of a member of the House of Representatives. Representatives are elected to serve a specific congressional district and often serve on different committees.
Knowledge Required: Law & Government, economics, and sociology, awareness of issues facing their constituents
Skills: Effective communication, time management
Career Path: As with other elected positions, there is no typical career path to becoming a congressperson, though a degree in political science, communication or business management is typical. In order to be elected, you must be at least 25 years old and have been a U.S. citizen for at least seven years. An internship with a member of Congress provides an opportunity to build contacts and show interest in public service.
Median Annual Income: According to house.gov, the base salary of a Congress Representative is $174,000.
From the field: “I was always involved with politics from an early age. It really was because I had ideas of how things should be done better.” - Tanya Plibersek MP, Sydney, AustrailiaView more Day in the Life videos »