Global Trade 2017-05-01T14:24:57+00:00

Why Choose a Career in Global Trade?

International trade is involved in everything we own or use— from the food we eat to the cars on the road, the clothing we wear and even the roads and bridges that contribute to every city’s infrastructure. Its presence continues to grow and contribute to the global economy, helping to shape opportunities for prosperity around the world, and particularly here in California.

More than four million jobs in California can be attributed to international trade. With more than 95 percent of the world’s population living beyond U.S. borders, international trade has become a necessary bridge to provide businesses with the access and ability to expand. Technology has granted people incredible access to the world at the click of their fingertips. Companies can enter the global marketplace, launch offices abroad, and even take advantage of trade agreements to export and import from across the world.

As more businesses branch out to foreign markets, opportunities for those interested in international business, trade policy and international affairs will increase. Multinational corporations, joint ventures, financial institutions, law firms, consulting agencies, and manufacturers of both goods and services cater to a growing international clientele. As a result, both public and private businesses find themselves employing a large number of individuals to handle international-related issues and business.

Interested in a career in international trade? Use this guide to obtain information about the different industries, both private and public, which can help you seize the opportunities provided by international trade.

America’s 28 million small businesses are the engine of job creation and economic growth in this country, creating nearly two out of every three new jobs in the United States and employing over half the nation’s workforce.And in 2015, International trade supported more than 775,000 high paying California jobs. These trade-related jobs came from large and small companies, farmers, and factories.

$163.6 Billion

In 2016, California exported $163.6 billion to 228 foreign economies.

Top Export Markets

California’s top export markets are Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Hong Kong.

4.7 Million Jobs

International trade, including exports and imports, supports 4.7 million California jobs – more than 1 in 5.