If you like to do any of the following, a foreign language career might be right for you!
Read about faraway places
Learn about different cultures
Watch foreign films
Keep up on world affairs
Meet people different from you
Learn a new language
Watch travel shows
Foreign Language Careers
Knowing a second language can be a great asset in almost any career! Being able to communicate effectively in another language can be particularly helpful in the following career areas.
Travel and Tourism Careers
Travel and tourism is a huge industry, and speaking a foreign language can be very beneficial for anyone with a career in the field.
Cruise ship worker Flight attendant Hotel manager Resort desk clerk Tour guide Travel agent Travel writer Reservation/ticket agent
Businesses need people who can assist them with their international business ventures. They also need people who can communicate with non-English speaking customers, clients, and employees.
Advertising sales representative Banker Business executive Secretary Customer service representative Translator Corporate lawyer Receptionist Public relations salesperson Fashion buyer Financial manager Import/export salesperson Website developer Personal manager International salesperson Technical support specialist
Government employees work with people from around the world. Being able to communicate effectively with people from different countries is very important.
Customs agent FBI/CIA agent Foreign embassy worker Interpreter Military personal Social worker Homeland security worker Translator Immigration agent Peace Corps worker
Elementary, middle schools, high schools, and colleges all need foreign language teachers. Teachers are also needed in U.S... (and abroad) to teach people who want to learn English.
College professor ESL teacher Overseas teacher Tutor Teacher (1-12) Study abroad coordination
Publishers, filmmakers, and journalist need people who know foreign languages to help them get their publications, creations, and ideas out to people around the world.
Actor/actress Editor Filmmaker Journalist Photographer Publisher Interpreter/translator Foreign news correspondent
More Foreign Language Careers
Knowing a second language can also be very helpful in these careers.
Archeologist International operator Engineer Historian Nurse Paralegal Textbook author Paramedic Physician Pharmacist Software consultant Police officer Museum curator Medical researcher Software designer Welfare worker
In the competitive 21st century marketplace, speaking a foreign language and having an understanding of other cultures is a tremendous advantage!
For information on the careers in this InfoGuide, visit www.bls.gov/ooh.
Foreign Language Fun Facts
Here’s how to say “hello” in 12 different languages:
Choctaw – halito Chinese – ni hao Creek – hensci
Dutch – hallo French – bonjour German – guten tag
Italian – ciao Portuguese – ola Russian – privet
Spanish – hola Swedish – hej Zuli – sawubona
Over 6,000 languages are spoken in the world today.
English is read from left to right, Chinese is read from top to bottom, and Arabic and Hebrew are read from right to left.
Small translating errors can make a big difference.
A Copenhagen airline boasted, “We take your bags and send them in all directions”.
A sign at the entrance of a Majorcan shop read, “Here speeching American”.
1 in 5 families in the US speaks a foreign language at home.
The three most widely spoken languages are Chinese, Spanish, and English.
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