What are the jobs in international trade?

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The international trade sector includes a very large number of jobs and is very popular because of the opportunities it offers. There is something for everyone, regardless of their initial educational orientation. The range of jobs is vast:

  • Sales Manager
  • Buyer
  • Broker
  • Sales Manager
  • Logistician
  • Marketing Manager
  • International Business Manager

What is international trade?

International trade brings together the various flows of market services, goods and capital between countries. It includes all the parameters for managing trade between several economic areas (customs, settlement mode, exchange risk management, etc.). In 30 years, the activity has multiplied by 7.8 according to the WTO (World Trade Organization). Its development has followed the evolution of the world, its globalization, the liberalization of the markets, the exports/imports in constant progression, as well as the digital transformation of the economy. The economic policy of the European Union has favored its emergence.

How do I get into the international trade business?

The course of study for access to the international trade professions requires rigorous involvement. Depending on the student’s plans, he or she may choose to study for a long period of time (up to 6 years) or a shorter period of time (2 years).

  • The BTS or DUT in marketing techniques (2 years) is a first foray into professionalization and introduces students to the fundamentals of international trade.
  • The Specialized Bachelor’s degree and the Professional License (3 years) train future managers who master all the tools adapted to the international context. The various options and specificities, combined with experience in a company, ensure that the holder has a greater mastery of his or her knowledge.
  • The Master’s degree specialized in international trade (the longest course, 5 or 6 years) allows you to perfect your knowledge on specific and oriented subjects, in order to reach high responsibilities in the field.

Baccalaureate, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree… What studies should I do to work in international trade?

Unlike other sectors, the field of international trade does not require a typical profile. Each level of education provides the holder with additional skills and responsibilities.

  • The BTS in international trade (2 years) is accessible to all holders of a baccalaureate (STMG, general baccalaureate, professional baccalaureate). The BTS trains professionals in the sector, teaches commercial negotiation, the purchase and sale of goods abroad, manages a company’s imports/exports and provides an introduction to the best strategies for international expansion. Graduates will be able to apply for these positions once they enter the workforce:
    • Export sales assistant
    • Logistics Manager
    • Sales assistant
    • Project Manager
    • Customer Service Representative
    • International Negotiator
    • Purchasing Manager

  • The license in international trade is a state diploma and exists in two forms. The classic license, which is mainly based on international management. And the professional license which trains students through theoretical teaching. By choosing the work-study program, future graduates will be gradually integrated into the world of work. This orientation is particularly popular with recruiters. It almost always leads to a contract.
    The teaching themes of the license will mainly revolve around these disciplines:
    • Financial analysis
    • Human resources
    • Economy
    • Business English
    • Approach to foreign markets
    • Organization theory
    • Marketing
    • Range management
    • Foreign language
    • International financing and payments


  • Finally, the Master’s degree (5 years) will train students in the common knowledge of business and enterprise. During the Master’s years, students will complete a 6-month internship in a company to assimilate knowledge and know-how in order to put it to good use in their future employment. The internship will conclude with a thesis. It should be noted that the Master’s degree can also be taken in alternation by signing an apprenticeship contract. The courses taught will follow these themes:
    • International economy
    • Finance and management control
    • Strategy and management control
    • Financial risk
    • Import-Export
    • Distribution, transport and logistics
    • Multicultural management
    • Commercial negotiation
    • International markets
    • International contracts
    • Intercultural management

Why do international trade?

The choice of international trade is justified first of all by the multitude of jobs and opportunities within the sector. With numerous job opportunities, the field is generating strong momentum and renewed interest from students. As multinational companies multiply around the world, the search for qualified profiles has exploded in recent years.

Does ESCE offer international business courses in Paris?

ESCE offers several post-baccalaureate programs and courses, in French and English.

  • The ESCE Grande Ecole Program, over 5 years. This training program leads to a Master’s degree and is available in 12 specializations, either traditional or in apprenticeship, and aims at the professional integration of students on an international scale. Students have the opportunity to pursue a double degree through a partner university. These programs have several common objectives:
    • Learning the tools necessary for international exchanges.
    • The integration of geopolitical, economic and human risks, as well as the issues related to international business development.
    • Manage the execution and development of international implementation projects
    • Mastering exchanges, communication and negotiation with intercultural collaborators
  • The 3-year International Bachelor’s Program offers several cycles, some of which are entirely in English. These programs allow students to become accustomed to an English-speaking academic environment. A solid theoretical education, combined with stays in companies and group projects. At the end of this course, employability is guaranteed. The validation of this diploma is obtained by the capitalization of all the blocks of competences.
  • The MSC (Master of Science) programs, in 1 or 2 years, prepare students for management positions in corporate finance, marketing, international business or supply chain.
  • The Doctoral Program (PHD and DBA), in two years, is designed to provide advanced education for working professionals, committed to refining their expertise and skills.

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Updated 17 April 2023