International Trade Specialist

International trade specialists promote business development in foreign countries. An international trade specialist provides information to business clients regarding global business expansion opportunities. They also provide specific information on how to secure capital and real estate and how to execute international business strategies. They may be employed with investment firms, banks, government or work as consultants.

Some of the duties of an International Trade Specialist include:

  • Work with foreign government trade offices in order to maximize business opportunities in other countries for his clients.
  • Be familiar with local commercial laws.
  • Provides future projections concerning international trade and investments to clients.

Sample Companies:

  • McCormick & Company
  • M&T Bank
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • GW&K Investment Management
  • KP Recruiting Group
  • Hanesbrands Inc.
  • Americatowne Holdings


Annual earnings of international trade specialists vary greatly depending on the years of experience. The median expected salary for a typical International Trade Specialist in the United States is $92,104. The bottom 10 percent falls around $54,613 and the top around $129,208.

How to get there:

In order to become an International trade specialist, a business-oriented bachelor degree is required such as: business administration, international finance or economics. A program in global or international business may offer the best preparation since they combine standard business courses with foreign language and international business.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, international trade specialists need to have 3 to 5 years of international trade experience before being eligible for the job position. For that reason, entry-level workers work under the supervision of a senior staff member.

Important Qualities:

Quantitative skills
Computer skills
Hard working
Confident and enthusiastic
Detail oriented
Assess client needs
Writing skills
Presentation skills
Fluent in speech


Although certification is not required to work as an international trade specialist, it might increase job opportunities since it demonstrate professional expertise and will differentiate the individual from other candidates. One example of certification is the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) credential, which measures knowledge of international marketing, finance, documentation and logistics.

Relevant Classes:

  • Composition I and Advanced Composition/
  • Writing
  • BADM 380- International Business
  • CMN 101- Public Speaking
  • CMN 211- Business Communication
  • ECON 303- International Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 411- Public Sector Economics
  • ECON 420- International Economics

Relevant Clubs & Organizations:

  • Illini Business Financials
  • International Business Association
  • International Consulting Network
  • Finance Club
  • Econ Club
  • Econ Ambassadors




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