Global Trade

How does a company in Chula Vista get its product on shelves in Indonesia? Get trained to work with the organizations, technologies and resources that move international goods and services from supplier to customer. Some programs in this sector include sourcing, procurement, and mastering import/export laws. As a major economic driver for California, international trade creates high-paying jobs for more than a million residents.

Career paths & salary info (Median yearly salary)

  • Wholesale and Retail buyers $48,714
  • Sales Representatives $52,416
  • Business Operations Specialist $74,173
  • Purchasing Agents $70,346
  • Cargo and Freight Agents $44,554


  • WorldTrans Services, Inc.
  • Mercatus International
  • American Cargoservice, Inc.
  • M&M Import and Export
  • JE-Exports
  • Consolidated International Corp

Did you know?

  • In 2017, U.S. goods and services trade with Mexico amounted to approximately $616.6 billion, with $276.2 billion in exports and $340.3 billion in imports.
  • Exports from San Diego County increased nearly every year since 2009. In 2016, exports from San Diego totaled $18.1 billion.
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing was the largest export industry in 2016 for San Diego County, comprising 16.5% of San Diego County’s total exports.
  • 79% of San Diego-Imperial community college students who completed Global Trade programs in 2016 attained a living wage.
Source: Office of the United States Trade Representative, International Trade Administration, San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research & Cal-PASS Plus LaunchBoard

Programs & Schools

MiraCosta College

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Internet and E-Commerce
  • Marketing
  • Social Media for Business
  • Viticulture and Enology

Palomar College

  • International Trade

San Diego Miramar College

  • Accountancy
  • Accountancy for Enrolled Agents
  • Accounting Bookkeeping
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Aviation Business Administration
  • Aviation Operations Management
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Continuing Education for CPA Candidates
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Services
  • Flight Instructor
  • Helicopter Operations
  • Instrument Pilot
  • Legal Secretary
  • Paralegal
  • Pilot Studies
  • Professional Piloting
  • Team Resource Management (Aviation)
  • Transportation Security
  • Website Designer

Southwestern College

  • Bus. Admin. - International Bus. Emphasis
  • International Business
  • International Business - Basic
  • International Business - Intermediate
  • International Logistics and Transportation
  • International Logistics/Transportation - Basic
  • International Logistics/Transportation - Intermediate

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student success story

Student Story: Julio Gonzalez

After high school, Julio worked for his dad’s trucking company. But his father wouldn’t promote him until Julio got career education training. He started studying international trade and logistics and learned how he could generate more revenue for his family’s business. Now, the company is worth more, and so is Julio. Watch now to see how to make your skills more valuable.

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