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International Business and Trade Career Information

What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the International Business and Trade program may lead to the following jobs or careers:

 

General/Operations Manager1

$36.84
Entry Hourly Wage

Computer/Information Systems Manager1

$56.28
Entry Hourly Wage

1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher. Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence


Why is This a Good Career Bet? 

 
 

Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas's targeted occupations lists eight separate business positions as high-growth areas this year. Projections include 26,890 jobs as general managers and 12,270 positions for business operations specialists.  

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth increase of 21% for sales representatives; 24% for marketing managers; and 20% for sales managers.

According to the Dallas Office of Economic Development, the Dallas metroplex — the ninth largest area in the nation — is home to more than 2,250 global companies. The region’s foreign trade has more than tripled in the last decade and for the last 11 years, Texas has been the top state in the nation in terms of import and export trade dollars. With DFW International Airport, the third busiest passenger airport in the world for daily operations, Dallas is a city desperately needing goal-oriented workers with expertise in international business practices.

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 

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% 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.