International Business Job Titles and Career Options

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As companies grow larger and the world economy becomes more globalized, the business world expands across borders to help discover, control, and expand new markets internationally. As a result, these organizations need more and more workers to remain competitive in the ever-growing business climate.

Companies are hiring employees interested in working alongside others on the global stage, from entry-level positions to management roles in fields such as communications, finance, technology, and government.

Are you interested in working overseas? Review these typical qualifications for getting hired for international employment, as well as lists of international business and international affairs job titles.

International Business Job and Education Requirements

International business is still a newly emerging field, making it very accessible for new graduates entering the workforce or for employees within a company 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 Master of Business Administration (MBA) or another professional degree such as a Master in International Management (MIIM) to illustrate their passion for business, economics, and management. 

In addition to education, viable candidates are also successful communicators. These international roles require employees to act as an ambassador or representative for their company and to engage in contracts and deal making with other companies or clients abroad.

Companies expect professionals to not only know their products and mission, but also to keep in mind the cultural nuances that may be present. Without the proper respect and consideration for differences in business practices, clients, businesses, and entire markets could be lost. 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.

Here are lists of job titles for international business and international affairs/development positions.

International Business Job Titles

Business Development: Companies seeking to expand from national into global organizations require astute business development professionals if they are to control their financial risk and achieve an 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 employed 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 (WGO), in 2014 merchandise exports from WTO members totaled US$ 18.0 trillion. Exports of commercial services garnered US$ 4.87 trillion.

  • 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 $95,000 annually.

  • 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 talents to manage an international workforce.

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

International / Foreign Affairs: Interested in international diplomacy or foreign policy? 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 are 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

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.