Foreign Service Economic Officers develop relationships with important economic figures, including those in the business community, the government and opposition, non-governmental organizations, academia and multilateral organizations. They promote U.S. economic and commercial interests abroad. They also report on economic conditions and trends in the host country.
The mission of a Foreign Service Officer is to promote peace and prosperity while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. Candidates to become Foreign Service Officers are usually passionate about public service and want to represent the U.S. around the world.
Foreign Service Economic Officer works for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service. The latter is an organization that improves understanding of American interests and culture abroad. The U.S. Department of State is therefore a major institution of American diplomacy.
The Foreign Service counts with 13,000 employees that are dedicated to represent America abroad. There are also more than 45,000 locally employed Foreign Service staff at overseas posts.
The Foreign Service operates on a pay scale that takes into account qualifications, experience and responsibilities. The starting salaries for recent graduates are $43,213. The candidates holding a Master’s or law degree have a starting salary of $48,338. Salaries can rise as high as $129,517.
HOW TO GET THERE:
There is no specific major required for a position in the Foreign Service. However, any coursework in foreign languages, politics, finance, and economics is an advantage for a candidacy.
A successful application also requires a passing score on the annual Foreign Service Officer Test, a physical exam, a background check and the ability of a candidate to respond to stressful situations.