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International Business and Trade Careers

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Studying International Business and Trade can provide you a diverse set of highly marketable skills, whether you are just starting out on your career path or wanting to advance in your current job.

Job titles and salaries range widely according to the size of company and your continued education. Salaries also vary widely by industry. An entrepreneur just starting out may earn little or nothing in the first year of business, while representatives for defense, maritime shipping, construction or oilfield equipment earn top salaries in this diverse career field.

Though official certification is not required for most jobs, NASBITE International administers a widely recognized Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential. Richland College is one of five nationally recognized training centers for the CGBP certification.

Marketable Skills for a Wide Range of Businesses

Those who can benefit from an education in International Business and Trade include:

  • Brokers and traders with international business
  • Documentation clerks
  • Entrepreneurs
  • International agents
  • Managers of firms with export potential
  • Produce managers
  • Transportation managers

International Business Career Options

The majority of jobs in international business involve sales and marketing, whether as a salaried employee, contractual consultant or entrepreneur. Competing in the international business arena requires a unique set of skills.

An International Business and Trade degree will introduce you to vital topics that include:

  • cultural differences
  • trade regulations
  • language barriers
  • business etiquette

By the end of the program, you’ll be far ahead of graduates who have not been exposed to a global-focused curriculum.

What Jobs Relate to an International Business and Trade Degree?

How will your training translate into concrete jobs in international business? Possibilities are as extensive as today’s global business market and include:

  • Cultural advisor
  • General business manager
  • Global distribution manager
  • Import compliance specialist
  • International economist
  • International sales representative
  • International marketing manager
  • International trade manager
  • International trade specialist 

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

According to America’s Career Infonet, these related occupations offer the following median salaries and projected job growth in Texas. Statistics are included only as guidelines and will depend on the size of the company. Note that many related careers require a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Job Median Hourly
Rate
Median Annual
Salary
Expected Growth Rate Through 2018
Business operations specialist
$32.49 $67,600 +16%
General sales representative
$22.23 $46,200 +16%
Marketing manager $57.80 $120,200 +12%

Federal Government Agencies With International Business Opportunities

  • The Foreign Service, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, places people in overseas posts in 67 countries around the world. Foreign Service personnel provide advice on export markets, carry out trade promotions, do market research and provide representation to foreign governments on behalf of U.S. companies.

  • The International Trade Administration provides assistance and advice to exporters in the U.S. and includes job opportunities in international banking. The defining purpose of the ITA is helping to create economic opportunity for American workers and businesses, including educating companies on how to tailor their activities to the specific market with respect to their products, financing, marketing, assembly and logistics.

  • The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's ITA, with offices located throughout the country and around the world, covering 96 percent of U.S. export markets. Its Web-based services are provided through the U.S. government's export portal, export.gov. Services include market research, trade events and advocacy through every step of the export process.

  • Export.gov is the U.S. government’s export portal and main online resource for exporting clients and is managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s ITA. Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace; you can also locate the U.S. Export Assistance Center nearest you.