What can you do with a College Major in International Business?
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:
- Retail chains
- 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 median salary in 2010 for an international business major was $41,900 and the mid-career median salary for someone with about 15 years of experience was $77,800.
The median annual wage for a management analyst in 2010 was $87,260, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). The average annual salary of a marketing manager was $122,720. The salaries of sales representatives vary according to product type; those in manufacturing and industry earned $62,720 a year, while those in science and technology products earned $84,360.