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Careers in Trade

Policy and Government Relations

Careers deal with the development, analysis, and advising on trade policies and international relations. 

Below are samples of some exciting roles in this area to help guide your studies and career planning.

To find the trade-related graduate program that will best meet your career aspirations, visit the International Trade Rankings.

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Trade Policy Analyst Re

Trade Policy Analyst


As a Trade Policy Analyst, you're involved in the development and analysis of trade policies, often working for government bodies, international organizations, or think tanks. Your role includes researching international trade agreements, tariffs, and regulations.

You provide critical insights that influence governmental trade strategies, affecting international commerce. Your expertise helps to understand the impact of these policies on both national and international economic landscapes.

Your duties include analyzing trends, forecasting outcomes, and advising policymakers, thereby playing a key role in enhancing trade relationships and benefiting global economies.


  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Deep knowledge of international trade agreements and regulations.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and economic forecasting.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to influence and advise policymakers.

Growth Opportunities

  • Potential career advancement includes senior analyst roles, policy advisory positions, or leadership roles within international organizations.


  • Typically, a Master's degree in International Relations, Public Policy, Economics, or a related field is required.
Diplomatic Service Officer Re

Diplomatic Service Officer


As a Diplomatic Service Officer, you represent and protect your nation's interests abroad, particularly in trade. Your role involves diplomacy, policy, and trade expertise.

You engage in negotiations, develop international relationships, and promote your country's trade interests. Collaborating with international organizations, government entities, and foreign dignitaries is a key part of your work.

By effectively communicating and advocating your country's stance on trade issues, you shape international trade policies and agreements with widespread consequences.


  • Excellent diplomatic and negotiation skills.
  • Strong understanding of international trade and policy.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with various international entities.
  • Effective communication and advocacy skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity and adaptability.

Growth Opportunities

  • Career progression may include higher diplomatic ranks, specialized roles in international trade policy, or positions in international organizations.


  • Generally requires at least a Bachelor's degree, though many officers possess a Master's degree in International Relations, Political Science, Foreign Affairs, or related fields. 

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