International Business Majors: Career and Salary Facts

Find out about the types of jobs you could pursue with an international business degree. Read on to learn more about potential career options along with salary and education information. Schools offering International Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Can You Do With a Degree In International Business?

Earning an international business degree presents many career possibilities. Three options to consider include becoming a management analyst, marketing manager, or sales representative. Within the context of international business, management analysts observe business practices of a company and suggest improvements to increase efficiency, profitability, and outreach methods on a global scale. Global marketing managers travel to various locations and research the market trends so they can understand how to market a company's products to demographics around the world. Sales representatives who sell internationally must develop the skills to market products to people from diverse backgrounds, as well as make business relationships with influential people in government and business.

Read on to see if a degree in international business is for you.

Management AnalystMarketing ManagerSales Representative
Degree RequiredBachelor'sBachelor'sBachelor's
Education Field of StudyBusiness,
political science,
psychology,
English
Advertising,
journalism
Chemistry,
biology,
engineering
CertificationVoluntary certification availableN/AVoluntary certification available
Job Growth (2014-2024)*14%9%7%
Average Salary (May 2015)*$91,770$140,660$89,170

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Is the Curriculum for an International Business Major?

International business is a broad topic encompassing practical business skills, international politics, and world cultures. Your studies as an international business major will cover topics such as international trade agreements, treaties, political economy, multinational organizations, global marketing, foreign language, and geography.

You will also take classes in functional business skills, such as finance, economics, accounting, marketing, and management. Some schools require you to select one of these skills as a second major to ensure that you understand business functions, as well as their international applications.

Many international business programs offer you the opportunity to study at a foreign university or complete an internship with an international corporation or non-profit organization. Study abroad programs are typically available to college juniors and seniors and can last one semester to a year. International internships are also a possibility.

Where Can I Work?

With an international business degree, you could work in the U.S. or abroad for international organizations, the U.S. government, multinational corporations, or U.S.-based businesses that have interests in other countries. Note that many international business majors start their careers in domestic companies or organizations to gain experience in basic business skills. Businesses that hire international business majors include:

  • Banks
  • Manufacturers
  • Airlines
  • Retail chains
  • Manufacturers
  • Accounting firms

What Will My Job Duties Be?

Global expansion of business has increased the need for employees that understand how to expand into international markets and operate business in a culture other than their own. With your bachelor's degree in international business, you may become a management analyst studying the efficiency of a business or organization and suggest ways to improve international outreach and profitability.

Sales of goods and services across national borders might be your job, if you become an international account representative. For this job, you will build business relationships with individuals, corporations, and government agencies in different countries. If you choose a career as a global marketing specialist, you may travel around the world researching and developing strategies to sell your company's products or services.

What Will I Be Paid?

Your salary will vary depending on the career path you take. Payscale.com reported that the starting average salary in 2017 for an international business major was $51,220 and the mid-career average salary for someone with about 5-9 years of experience was $53,981.

The average annual wage for a management analyst in May 2015 was $91,770, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). The average annual salary of a marketing manager was $140,660, while all sales reps averaged $89,170 per year.

What Are Some Related Careers?

Budget analysts for international companies, similar to management analysts, observe the business practices of companies and recommend changes. These changes, however, are meant to affect spending and budgeting by the company, practices that are all the more important for these large companies. Advertising and promotion managers design different types of marketing strategies (advertisement and promotions, respectively) for international companies in order to entice potential customers. International sales engineers are similar to sales representatives, though the products they sell are typically high-tech and scientific in nature. They market these products and services to different business around the world. A bachelor's degree is required for all of these alternative careers.

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