International Business Careers: Options and Job Titles

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As companies cross national borders and the world economy becomes more globalized, businesses have new opportunities and needs. As a result, these organizations must hire more workers to remain competitive in this vast business climate.

New hires must be interested in working alongside people from other cultures. This is true for entry-level positions and management roles, and can include fields such as communications, finance, technology, and government.

If you are interested in working overseas, review these common qualifications for getting hired in an international capacity. We’ve also included lists of some of the most common job titles to help you identify the right position.

Job and Education Requirements

International business is an emerging field, making it less competitive for new graduates or employees looking to make a change. For most international business jobs, companies require a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

Many candidates also have a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) or a Masters in International Management (MIIM) to demonstrate their proficiency in business, economics, and management.

Communication Skills and Cultural Respect

Candidates for international business roles possess the educational credentials discussed above and are also strong communicators. As a more diverse pool of participants in negotiating and contractual agreements clamor for a voice, international businessmen and women must have the intellectual capacity to appreciate multiple viewpoints from foreign cultures, religions, and economic traditions.

Companies expect their employees to act as polished ambassadors of their products, services, mission, and values.

Without the proper respect and consideration for differences in perspective, minor misunderstandings can lead to major fallout between (what would have been) strong business partnerships. Learning new languages, keeping up with new practices and technologies, and furthering your education are great ways to stay abreast and maintain your competitive edge with international business matters.

International Business Jobs

Here is a list of business job titles and their categories for international business and international affairs/development positions.

Business Development

National companies seeking to expand into global markets require astute business development professionals to manage their financial risk and gain a strong international presence.

  • Business Development Associate
  • Director of International Growth
  • Global Business Administrator
  • Global Business Analysis Director
  • International Business Analyst
  • International Business Development Director
  • International Business Operations Associate
  • International Business Specialist
  • Junior Business Development Manager
  • Manager, International Business Development
  • Middle East Business Development Manager
  • Asia Regional Representative

Economic Development / International Relief

These job titles are often used by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as Action Africa, the American Red Cross, Bank Information Center, Global Justice Now, One Campaign, and Third World Network.

  • Country Director
  • Development Assistant
  • Development Associate
  • Economic Development Specialist
  • Economic Security Delegate
  • Education Specialist
  • Emergency Health Program Coordinator
  • Emergency Response Coordinator
  • Family Planning Adviser
  • Fellow, Energy
  • Finance Director
  • Food Security Analyst
  • Global Relations Officer
  • Grants and Compliance Manager
  • Head of Mission
  • Human Dimension Officer
  • Humanitarian Program Manager
  • Red Cross Country Representative
  • Research Associate, Africa
  • Research Associate, Latin America
  • Research Associate, Middle East
  • Researcher, Conflict Mapping
  • Response Team Leader
  • Senior Crisis Adviser
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Gender Adviser
  • Technical Adviser, Family Planning and Reproductive Health
  • Urban Displacement Policy Adviser
  • Woman's Protection and Empowerment Manager

Global Trade, Sales, and Marketing

According to the World Trade Association (WTO), in 2018 merchandise exports from WTO members totaled 19.67 trillion U.S. dollars. Exports of commercial services garnered 5.63 trillion dollars.

  • Assistant Manager, International Marketing Services
  • Bilingual Customer Service Representative
  • Bilingual Sales Representative
  • Business Engagement Director
  • Cocoa Trader Trainee
  • European Markets Team Lead
  • Foreign Trade Zone Administrator
  • Global Account Manager
  • International Manager, Marketing and Communications
  • International Market Coordinator
  • International Sales Director
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Manager, Global Sales and Marketing Operations
  • Marketing Manager Asia
  • Marketing Director
  • Sales Manager, International Content Sales
  • Trade Assistant - International
  • Trade and Customs Manager
  • Trade Compliance Analyst
  • Trade Compliance Leader
  • Direct Marketing Assistant

Global Purchasing and Logistics

Managing international supply chains of products and commodities is a lucrative job. Global logistics managers typically make over $90,000 annually, compared to domestic logistics managers that make a median income of $74,600 in the United States.

  • Analyst, Logistics
  • Export Specialist
  • Global Commodity Manager
  • Global Product Manager
  • Global Supply Manager
  • Import/Export Specialist
  • International Logistics Coordinator
  • International Operations Accelerated Development Program
  • International Pricing, Process, and Administration Analyst
  • Manager of Contracts
  • Principal International Products Manager
  • Purchasing and Planning Analyst
  • Purchasing Coordinator - International

Human Resources

It takes superb strategic planning and collaboration skills to manage an international workforce.

  • Analyst - International Benefits
  • International Assignment Specialist
  • International Claims Manager 
  • International Retirement Leader
  • International Traveling Recruiter

International / Foreign Affairs

For those who are more interested in influencing regulations and security, policy jobs are a better fit. Here are a few career tracks to consider.

  • Counterintelligence Officer
  • Deputy Director for Countering Violent Extremism
  • Director of Policy
  • Foreign Affairs Specialist
  • Foreign Policy Advisor
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Affairs Officer
  • Program Assistant
  • Protection Coordinator
  • Public Affairs Officer

International Banking and Finance

Global investment banks are always recruiting top talent. The leading firms include Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, Bank of America Corporation, Morgan Stanley, and Deutsche Bank.

  • Account Executive
  • Analyst, International Treasury
  • Financial Analyst - Global Implementation Team
  • Foreign Banking Compliance Officer
  • Foreign Currency Investment Advisor
  • Foreign Currency Sales Representative
  • International Banking Coordinator
  • Microfinance Program Coordinator
  • Rotational International Integration Director

International Law

Seeking a career in international law? U.S. News ranks these five international law programs as the best in the country: New York University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, and Yale University. 

  • Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs
  • General Counsel
  • Legal System Monitor
  • Mid-Level International Associate (Attorney)

Information Technology (IT) / Technical Operations

Here are a few of the typical IT jobs that require an enthusiasm for living and working abroad.

  • Incident Analyst
  • International Affairs Cyber Analyst
  • International Technical Coordinator
  • SEO/SEM Analyst - International
  • Technical Associate Country Manager
  • Technical Program Manager - International Expansion Team
  • Vice President of Global Data and Platform

International Travel and Communications

People with a talent for foreign languages have a wide variety of options when it comes to finding work for companies, non-profits, and NGOs operating across the globe.

  • Communications Officer
  • Director of Fundraising and Communications
  • Events Manager
  • Global Internal Communication Specialist
  • International Business Meeting Planner
  • International Travel Counselor
  • Interpreter
  • Lead Proposal Writer
  • Publications Editor
  • Translator

Project Management / Consulting Roles

Here are a few of the opportunities offered for those with management consulting expertise.

  • Chief of Party
  • Controller
  • International Division Project Coordinator
  • International Management Consultant
  • International Retail Operations Consulting Manager
  • Multinational Manager
  • Operations Analyst
  • Partnership Analyst
  • Project Manager

Where to Find the Jobs

Ready to apply for a rewarding and exciting career abroad? Check out the best international job search engine sites, as well as these tips for arranging an international job interview.