International Students
B.A.S. International Business

If you want to work for a company that does business with another country or if you already work in the trade and logistics field, the IB B.A.S. can prepare you for a new career or increase your skills.

The program will leverage existing business/accounting coursework and experience and add upper-division courses that provide a well-rounded business skillset with an international flavor. You will be prepared to work in an international arena in management, sales, scheduling, finance, manufacturing, marketing and jobs in freight forwarding.

Jobs in international business/trade/commerce in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties are projected to grow 4.5 percent (from 2010 - 2020) with median earnings of $28.49/hour. [Occupations included in these figures: purchasing managers; purchasing agents except wholesale, retail and farm products; logisticians; cargo and freight agents; production, planning and expediting clerks.]

Meeting a Local Need for Qualified Workers

Washington needs workers qualified in international trade. Here's why: The state is the most trade-dependent area in the country, with roughly one in three jobs directly or indirectly related to trade. The greater Seattle area generates three-fourths of all exported goods and services in the state, with major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon, as well as scores of import-export companies.

Roughly one-third of the current 1,299 job openings in international business prefer baccalaureate-level applicants. Many of those jobs are being left unfilled, or the companies are hiring their employees from out-of-state. Students who earn the BAS in International Business from North will be well-qualified for one of these positions.