Careers in Foreign Languages

What can I do with a Major or a minor in a foreign language?

Learning languages makes you more marketable as a job candidate in almost every field:

Language is key to increasing one's understanding of today's world. The internationalization of travel, the arts, media, politics, science and technology, the economic interdependence of the world's nations, and the increasingly multicultural character of American society  have created a very real demand for multilingual professionals in nearly every profession.

Knowing a second (or third) language is a real asset in today's markeplace, not only because you might need to use that language to communicate with native speakers in the U.S. or abroad, but also because of the personal, cultural and intellectual skills you develop when you learn a foreign language. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, "successful managers of the future are those who have ... the ability to understand different cultures and different ways of doing business."

Studying foreign languages and interacting with people from other cultures while in college is the way to acquire that ability. For many employers, your ability to communicate in a foreign language may be equally important to the "specialist skills" you will need to work in that field. A foreign language major or minor will add value to your undergraduate degree.

The following are just some of the professions that require or prefer employees with foreign language skills: 

Foreign Language Teacher Social Worker Police Officer
Translator Advertising Agent Management/Marketing
Peace Corps/International Aid Worker Museum Administration Hotel Industry
Librarian Journalism/Publishing Travel Agent
Tourism Industry Fashion/Design Business Opera Singer/Musician
Retail Sales Airline Industry Study Abroad Programs
Military/Foreign Service Public Relations Medical Professions
Non-Profits and NGOs Restaurant Industry US Customs/Border Patrol
Nursing Politics & Government International Law
Culinary Arts/Chef Immigration Services Hospital Patient Advocate
Legal Interpretation Services Export/Import Shipping  

Foreign Languages are required in many graduate school programs:

Foreign language proficiency is usually required for graduate studies in most Humanities disciplines, including English, History, Philosophy, Art, and, of course, Foreign Languages & Literatures. Acquiring language proficiency in college will open doors for you if you decide to pursue graduate studies after graduation from Salem State.