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International Studies Career Outlook

A program that focuses on global and international issues from the perspective of the social sciences, social services, and related fields.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook, or O*Net websites.

Career Outlook

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with an international studies major can develop as well as the potential postions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.

Skills

As an international studies major, students may develop or advance skills including public speaking, international competency, sensitivity and tolerance, intercultural communication, language fluency, global awareness, research, writing, analytical, research, writing, curiosity, attention to detail.

Positions

Graduates with a degree in international studies can work as Volunteer Coordinators, Foreign News Correspondents, Foreign Service Employees, Refuge/Relief Workers, Investigative Journalists, International Travel/Tour Guides, Airline/Airport Workers, International Business Developers.

Areas

Graduates with a degree in international studies can work within the following areas: refuge relief, economic crises/development, climate change, international/domestic relations, internation business development, agricultural economics, import/export, supply chain, diplomacy, foreign affairs, community development, public/private partnerships, human rights, disaster/disease relief, ecotourism.

Employers

Graduates with a degree in international studies can work for multinational corporations, domestic and foreign financial institutions, environmental firms, logistics companies, consulting firms, federal government, foundations, defense contractors, religious organizations, non-government organizations, television networks, international law firms, international airlines, travel agencies, cruise lines.

Helpful Resources

Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with indivdiuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.