Career possibilities with foreign language skills

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Language plays a unique role in capturing the breadth of human diversity. We are constantly amazed by the variety of human thought, culture, society, and literature expressed in many thousands of languages around the world. We can find out what people think only through their language. We can find out what they thought in the past only if we read their written records. We can tell future generations about ourselves only if we speak or write to them.
Studying a foreign language can improve your cognitive and critical thinking abilities. Recent surveys indicate that more than 80 agencies of the federal government rely on professionals with intermediate to high-level competence in foreign languages. Foreign language study provides the ability to gain an understanding of the cultures of US trading partners. American multinational corporations and nongovernmental organizations need people with foreign language abilities. U.S. ability to compete effectively in global markets means that more and more businesses deal with companies in other countries. They need employees who can communicate in foreign languages and understand other cultures. An employer will see you as a bridge to new clients if you know their language.

Related Career Titles
FBI Agent
Investment Analyst
Advertising Manager
Advertising Copywriter
Finance Director
Laboratory Technician
Air Traffic Assistant
Financial Planning Assoc
Foreign Diplomat
Library Technician
Art Dealer
Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Exchange Trader
Media Specialist
Banking Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
Bilingual Officers/Clerks/Tellers
Foreign Service Peacekeeper
Multi-Lingual Port Receptionist
Bilingual Educator
Foreign Service Specialist
Museum Curator
Foreign Social Worker
Civil Service Employee
National Security Agent
Commercial Loan Officer
Human Resources Director
Computer Systems Designer
Overseas Personnel Manager
Intelligence Researcher
Overseas Plant Manager
Intelligence Specialist
Court Interpreter
International Account Manager
Peace Corps Volunteer
Cultural Attaché
International Banking Officer
Performer/Video Artist
Cultural Officer
International Conference Planner
Pharmaceutical Rep.
Customs /Immigration Officer
International Consultant
Drug Enforcement Agent
International Hotel Admin.
Police Officer
International Trade Economist
International Trade Specialist
Production Supervisor
Travel Agent Tour Organizer
Scientific Transl/Interpreter
Senior Credit Analyst
Public Health Administrator
Transport Equipment Manager
Sports Agent
Publishing Specialist
Travel Writer
Quality Control Supervisor
UNESCO Official
Telecommunications Sales
Radio/TV Announcer
TESO/ESL Teacher
Theme Designer
Scientific Linguist

Related Major Skills

Speaking to groups
Reading/writing another language
Clarifying ideas
Writing clearly
Understanding historical language change
Explaining complex concepts
Reading critically
Interpreting data
Evaluating information
Evaluating evidence
Comparing translations interpretations
Gathering information
Working with original sources in many fields
Organizing materials/information
Summarizing ideas
Compiling/recording data
Evaluating results
Collaborating as part of a team
Determining the needs of others
Acknowledging value systems
Listening carefully
Interviewing non-judgmentally
Designing instruments
Reporting and editing
Establishing hypotheses
Reading for content and structure
Working with research subjects
Communicating between cultures
Understanding cultural diversity
Assessing needs
Adapting to other cultures
Weighing values


Job & Internship Search Links

Top Language Jobs
Asian-Jobs: Jobs for bilinguals who speak English & Asian Languages
Hispanic-Jobs: Jobs for bilingual/Spanish-speaking Professionals
Job openings – foreign languages
Info on jobs in Spanish speaking world. Entire site written in Spanish
Resources for International Job Opportunities (Riley Guide)
Bilingual Jobs – Bilingual Professionals & Career Seekers
Overseas Jobs
World Hire Online
World Wide Employment Office
Footprints Recruiting
Saludos Web (Hispanic Careers and Education)
Bilingual Jobs
LatPro: Job Board for Hispanic & Bilingual Professionals
Multilingual Vacancies
Bilingual Career

Career Planning Links

Careers in Foreign Languages
International Careers Page
International Career Resources
Department of State:
Best Bets for Working Abroad
Careers in foreign language (from Stanford University)

Professional Associations Links

Foreign Language Associations (links to associations)
American Translators Association
Modern Language Association
American Association for Applied Linguistics
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Miscellaneous Resources:

Languages of the World
The Electronic Embassy
Web of Culture (information of different cultures) – Spanish Internet sites
Languages/Specific_Languages/Spanish/ – French Internet sites Languages/Specific_Languages/French/
United Nations
Yahoo’s Index of Country Information
Agora Language Marketplace
French resources (from University of Wisconsin)
Spanish resources (from University of Wisconsin)
National Capital Language Resource Center
American Field Service (AFS)
All About Spain

Small Business Association (in Spanish)



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