Brokers are necessary to the success of any business that imports or exports goods. To be successful, they must develop a reputation for integrity, knowledge, and positive work ethic. The field is stressful and fast-paced. The broker has to stay updated on the latest changes and integrate those changes rapidly to prevent clients from suffering cargo holds, penalties, and other negative impacts.

Most training is done on the job. However, having a bachelor’s degree in a related field is usually the key to getting an entry-level position with a customs house. A degree in a field such as business, supply chain management, or transportation helps the trainee understand the concepts involved. Once the trainee understands the process, he or she will take a licensing exam. Not every country requires brokers to be licensed, but the license does serve as proof that the broker is prepared to navigate the customs system effectively.

What are Customs Brokers like?


Based on our pool of users, Customs Brokers tend to be predominately enterprising people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Customs Brokers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 65 Sokanu users

Are Customs Brokers happy?


Customs Brokers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 4th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Customs Broker Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Customs Brokers

The most common degree held by Customs Brokers is International Business. 8% of Customs Brokers had a degree in International Business before becoming Customs Brokers. That is over 8 times the average across all careers. Advertising graduates are the second most common among Customs Brokers, representing 6% of Customs Brokers in the Sokanu user base, which is 10.0 times the average.

Customs Broker Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Customs Broker, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Customs Brokers % of population Multiple
International Business 7.7% 1.0% 7.6×
Advertising 6.2% 0.6% 10.0×
Psychology 4.6% 6.9% 0.7×

Customs Broker Education Levels

45% of Customs Brokers have a high school diploma. 30% of Customs Brokers have an associate's degree.

No education 5%
High school diploma 45%
Associate's degree 30%
Bachelor's degree 20%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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