International Business Consultant

International business consultants provide information and advice to Canadian companies about doing business with or in other countries.

NOC Code: 1122

Job Duties

International business consultants provide information and advice to Canadian companies about doing business with or in other countries. You may work for management consulting companies, companies already operating in international markets, or companies planning international expansions or investments. You may also be self-employed and provide your services on a contract basis.

Generally, international business consultants:

  • Provide information and advice about international business development and marketing.
  • Research international business and investment opportunities, competitors, and business practices; develop proposals and make recommendations.
  • Research and provide advice on the effectiveness of management policies and programs in international settings.

Source: HRSDC

Job Requirements


This job requires: Post-Graduate

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobLevel of Education Required
Foreign Legal ConsultantPost-Graduate
International Business ConsultantPost-Graduate
Law ClerkCollege or University
Legal SecretaryCollege or University
MediatorCollege or University


This job requires 2 - 5 years of work experience.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobYears of Work Experience Required
Foreign Legal Consultant5+
International Business Consultant2 - 5
Law Clerk0 - 2
Legal Secretary0 - 2

Source: HRSDC

Essential Skills

As an international business consultant, you need to:

  • Speak, write and read English.
  • Have strong research skills.
  • Have a background in international business.
  • Know how to do risk and business analysis.
  • Know about foreign policies and political developments affecting international markets.
  • Have a network of international associates and contacts.
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation and email software.

Source: Ontario Skills Passport

Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with managers and clients. You need to write and give presentations. It can be helpful to know 2 or more languages.

Labour Market Information


Many Canadian companies are getting into global markets. They need the international contacts and business experience of international business consultants. Since much information can be found online, you need good computer and internet research skills to help clients plan, manage and improve their international business ventures.


The work prospects for this job are: GOOD

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobWork Prospects
Foreign Legal ConsultantNo Data
International Business ConsultantGood
Law ClerkFair
Legal SecretaryFair


The average hourly wage for this job is: C$32.97/hour.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobAverage Wage/Hour
Foreign Legal Consultant$0.00
International Business Consultant$32.97
Law Clerk$26.00
Legal Secretary$19.75

Source: HRSDC


Educational Programs

These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.

Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

Language Training


Work Experience Programs

Some college programs and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.

Voluntary Membership Opportunities

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