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Should I Earn an International Business Degree?

International Business Degree Overview

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What Is an International Business Degree?
An international business degree, or global business degree as it is sometimes known, is an academic degree with a focus on the global business market. International business degrees can be earned at many different colleges, universities, and business schools.

Types of International Business Degrees
There are three basic types of international business degrees: An associate's degree may be enough for individuals who are looking for entry-level employment in the global business field. However, a bachelor's degree is usually the minimum requirement for most business positions. A master's degree or MBA with a specialization in international business is even more attractive to employers and could increase your chances of securing management opportunities and other advanced positions. An international business degree at the doctorate level may be considered by anyone interested in teaching the topic at colleges, universities, and business schools.

Where Can I Earn an International Business Degree

Most people earn their international business degree from an accredited business school or a college or university with a comprehensive business program. Both campus-based and online programs (or some combination of the two) can be found at many schools. If you are interested in securing executive positions or positions with the best companies, it is important to find a top-ranked or reputable international business degree program. See a list of the best international business degree programs.

What Can I Do with an International Business Degree
The growth of international business has created a demand for people who have knowledge of global markets. With an international business degree, you could work in a number of positions in many different industries. Some common job titles for international business degree holders include:
  • Management Analyst - Management analysts help to improve organizational efficiency, reduce costs, and increase revenues. Companies who are interested in expanding have a particular need for management analysts who can offer advice on doing business foreign markets.
  • Interpreter - Many companies with broadening international ties needs interpreters and translators to help them do business. If you are fluent in a foreign language and graduate with an international business degree, you could aid in communication in almost any foreign market.
  • International Sales Representative - International sales representatives and managers contact potential clients in foreign countries to sell products and services. They may handle sales campaigns, sales contracts, and similar tasks.
  • International Financial Analyst - An international financial analyst monitors and reports on finances for international operations. They may create budgets and assist with strategic planning.
  • Market Research Director - A market research director oversees marketing policies. They also help to research potential markets and plan marketing campaigns.
  • Entrepreneur - An international business degree can also assist you with entrepreneurial endeavors. The education that comes with this degree will make it easier to do business in the global marketplace.
Learn More about Earning an International Business Degree
You can learn more about earning an international business degree or working in international business by clicking on the following links:
  • International Business Degree FAQs - BusinessDegree.net provides answers to frequently asked questions about international business degrees.
  • United States Council for International Business - Founded in 1945, the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) is dedicated to promoting open world trade. Members include more than 300 multinational companies, business associations, law firms, and individuals.
  • Commercial News USA - Commercial News USA is the official United States Department of Commerce magazine promoting American-made products and services. It is a widely read publication in the international business field.

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