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Export Manager Career Information

Are you interested in international trade? Want to have a say in what leaves the country and when? How about a career in exports? Let's tell you more about this lucrative field.

What an Export Manager does

Abilities & Traits Required


The best way to enter this line of international business is to go for a postgraduate degree/diploma in Export Management/International Business/International Business Administration from a recognised university or institute like Indian institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).

There are many diploma courses offered by privately run institutes. These diplomas are helpful no doubt, but these are not enough to jump start your career. On the other hand if you opt for these diploma courses after gaining 2-3 years of experience after graduation you can expect to get a good break in the industry.

Many export firms take fresh commerce graduates in the Documentation Department. This may not fetch a handsome salary but the experience can be very enriching. Many export firms prefer MBAs or equivalent diploma holders in the marketing department. Such persons can do well if they also obtain a diploma in export management/documentation.

For entry into PG Diploma courses in International Business in reputed universities, institutes like IIFT, a student should obtain at least 45-50 per cent in graduation examination under 10+2+3 system (IIFT needs at least 50 per cent marks).


As a management trainee you will get between Rs 15000-25000 or more a month. Plain graduates start at Rs 12000-15000 a month. Junior managers make between Rs 27000-30000 or more a month, while senior managers take home Rs 65000 or month a month.

There are opportunities to set up ones own export firm also. After some initial hiccups, an entrepreneur may earn crores, all tax tree! After 10-12 years experience in export business, many turn consultants. Consultants also earn very handsomely, anything between Rs 65000-1000000 a month. Overall, this career is highly prospective and opportunities will increase in the first part of next century.

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