Careers in World Languages
Interested in teaching or translation?
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."
The following are just some of the professions that require or prefer employees with foreign language skills:
- Foreign Language Teacher
- Hotel Industry
- Travel Agent
- Peace Corps/International Aid Worker
- Study Abroad Programs
- Tourism Industry
- US Customs/Border Patrol
- Military/Foreign Service
- International Law
- Legal Interpretation Services
- Immigration Services
- Airline Industry
- Politics and Government
- Restaurant Industry