Ambassador Shakes Hands with President

Ambassadors manage the operations of the U.S. embassies in foreign countries. An embassy is the headquarters of a U.S. diplomatic mission established in the capital city of a foreign country. According to the U.S. Department of State, the United States maintains diplomatic relations with more than 180 of the other 193 U.N. members (plus the Vatican in Rome) and has an embassy in most foreign capitals. Each embassy is headed by only one ambassador. Charged with the responsibility of maintaining diplomatic relations, an ambassador represents the president in matters of foreign policy. Ambassadors help to promote peace, trade, and the exchange of information between the United States and foreign lands.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Manage the operations of U.S. embassies in foreign countries
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the world
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Government
  • Speech
Experience Previous experience in politics, business, or the Foreign Service required
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Social
  • Talkative
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Politician or Business Leader
  • Ambassador
  • Deputy Chief of Mission
  • Foreign Service Officer