Trade students should look no further than China’s booming international trade.
A study of the country’s top 500 trade students suggests it has the most in-demand students in the world.
The Economist’s China expert James Pethokoukis estimates that China is the world’s largest economy with the world at least 2.5 billion people who have a degree in a subject related to trade.
That makes it the fifth most sought-after destination for international students.
The country is also a top destination for Chinese graduates who want to go into the global financial services sector.
And in terms of demand for the industry, China is a prime destination for students seeking jobs in the US.
“The US is one of the top five countries that have the most graduates in China.
China has a lot of graduates from the US, which means a lot to them,” says Pethoukoukis.
He says the US is the country that has the biggest trade surplus with China, which is the second largest after the US overall.
China is also the biggest recipient of US foreign direct investment, with the US accounting for more than a fifth of the Chinese total, according to the World Bank.
“So when I say China is on the rise, that’s not a knock on China.
It’s a positive,” says Mr Pethikoukis, who is a former chief economist at the World Trade Organization.
“If we look at China as a country that’s on the way to becoming a major global economy, it’s because of the skills it’s getting in.
China’s economy has been growing and is expected to grow at an annualised rate of about 6% by 2020, according the International Monetary Fund.
The number of Chinese students studying abroad is expected be more than 10 million this year, according a recent World Bank report.
The US and the UK have already seen large increases in numbers of Chinese people studying abroad, but the number of foreign students studying in the UK is also expected to increase.
The International Monetary Bank predicts the number in China is set to increase by 6% over the next five years, up from 2.4 million last year.
The IMF predicts that in 2025, the Chinese economy will be worth $100bn.
The number of people studying in China has doubled since 2014, from 1.7 million to 3.1 million.
The report also says China’s overall labour force has grown from 11 million in 2011 to 19 million in 2016, but it’s still a small proportion of the total workforce.
Despite these high numbers, China’s economy is in a recession, with growth of just 0.1% in the first quarter of 2018.
But the Chinese government is looking to boost trade, with its trade minister announcing that China will introduce tariffs of up to 25% on imported goods.
China’s top economic advisor Wang Yi also said in a speech that the country has a “growing need for export products”.
The IMF estimates that in the year to 2019, China will export $3.3tn worth of goods and services, more than all other major economies combined.
China also plans to open up a number of its export markets.
China is currently building a massive steel plant in the South China Sea.
The project is a $6.3bn (£3.6bn) project that is expected start work next year.
But it is the rising cost of living and job losses that have fuelled the country to the brink of collapse.
The official unemployment rate stands at 9.1%, with the real rate of unemployment at 11.6%.
In 2017, China had the highest per capita income in the OECD, at $18,842.
That is more than four times the US and more than three times the UK.
This article first appeared on BBC.co.uk