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Import Export Coordinator: Job Description & Info

Apr 15, 2019

Import/export coordinators work in a variety of fields. Read on to learn about the average salary and career outlook for these careers as well as some related jobs in this field.

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Career Definition for an Import Export Coordinator

An import-export coordinator can work in various industries and often arranges communications between sales groups and national or international customers. Import-export coordinators are responsible for arranging shipments, preparing and confirming order approval, handling pricing information, and releasing invoices. In today's world economy, import-export coordinators are needed by businesses that provide goods to other countries and are in increasing demand as globalization expands.

Education Requirements Bachelor's degree
Skill Requirements Understanding of domestic and world economies, communication and computer skills and customer service
Career Outlook (2016 to 2026)* Little to no change for shipping, receiving and traffic clerks
Median Annual Salary (2019)** $43,450 for import/export clerks, $65,420 for import/export supervisors, $61,690 for import/export administrators

Source: *U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **Salary.com

Required Education

Most import export coordination positions require a bachelor's degree and knowledge of standard regulations that go along with various domestic and international protocols. Many import export coordinators take a variety of courses in business, including global business management, documentation, and management.

Skills Required

Import-export coordinators are required to have a great understanding of domestic and world economy. They must have strong communications skills and basic computer skills. They must also manage their own team while also coordinating with other teams, dealing with customers. Since most import export coordinators interact with the international business community, being fluent in a foreign language can be helpful.

Career Info

According to Salary.com, import-export clerks earned a median of about $43,450 per year, as of April 2019, while the median salaries earned by supervisors and administrators were $65,420 and $61,690, respectively. There is not necessarily more demand in coastal cities because national and international businesses are able to coordinate from all over the globe. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), careers in shipping, receiving and traffic are expected to experience little to no change from 2016 to 2026.

Alternate Career Options

Other careers in this field include:

Market Research Analyst

With at least a bachelor's degree in market research or a similar field, these analysts determine potential sales of services and products by studying current market conditions. They should have excellent opportunities for securing positions during the 2016-2026 decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), with much faster than average employment growth of 23% predicted. In 2018, the BLS reported their annual median salary as $63,120, with those in manufacturing earning the top wages.

Sales Engineer

These professionals usually have a bachelor's degree in engineering or a similar field, along with comprehensive scientific knowledge about the technical products and services that they sell. According to the BLS, these engineers earned an annual median wage of $101,420 in 2018, and those working with computer systems design and related services earned the top salaries. The demand for these workers should stay steady from 2016 to 2016, with average job growth of 7% projected by the BLS.

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