International Business Careers

An international business degree allows individuals to conduct and oversee a wide variety of business interactions and ventures on an international level. The multi-national corporations who hire international business professionals require a bachelor’s degree at minimum, but positions more commonly require a master’s degree. Master’s programs and further accreditation may vary in emphasis, but the most constructive put students through intensive language and cultural studies.

Employment Opportunities

International business professionals may work for a variety of employers, including:

  • Finance & accounting firms
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Import/export agencies
  • Sales corporations

Skills

International business professionals need a wide range of skills and traits, including:

  • A desire to travel frequently
  • Knowledge of worldwide trade regulations & international contract laws
  • Understand cultural variances in business etiquette
  • Fluently multi-lingual
  • Up-to-the-minute knowledge of foreign affairs

Industry Spotlight

As organizations such as the European Union continue to expand, international business will continue to increase at a rapid pace. Those interested in a career in international business should be prepared to enter one of the most highly competitive industries in the world, seeking the highest level of education possible.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008