Careers

A study completed by the Committee for Economic Development in 2006 indicates that human resource managers at 42% of firms surveyed considered second language abilities when making hiring decisions and 66% did so when making decisions about retaining employees.[1]

Language as a primary consideration:

  • Speech pathologists
  • Bilingual educators
  • ESL/ELL educators
  • Curriculum and instruction coordinators
  • School administrators
  • Court interpreters
  • Government translators
  • Agents for federal intelligence agencies (FBI, CIA, NSA)
  • Translators and interpreters within the military services
  • State Department employees
  • Diplomatic careers

Language as a consideration:[2]

  • Business and finance:
    • Accountant
    • Human resources director
    • Economist
    • Stockbroker
    • Import-export agent
  • Communications:>
    • Journalist
    • Publisher
    • Editor
    • Interpreter
    • Public Relations
    • Film producer
    • Sports agent
  • Government:
    • Customs officer
    • Legal advisor
    • Foreign service
  • Social services:
    • Social worker
    • Probation officer
    • Law enforcement
    • School counselor
    • Drug abuse counselor
    • Occupational health care
  • Science and technology:
    • Engineer
    • Chemist
    • Physicist
    • Geologist
    • Oceanographer
  • Education:
    • Library service
    • Teaching – Elementary, secondary, college

Additional References

Koning, Patricia. "Using Languages in business and Industry." The Language Educator. Jan. 2010. 46-50.

Casado, Matt. "Including Foreign Language in the Higher Education Professional Curriculum." The Language Educator. April 2010. 26-27.

Bilingual and multilingual jobs
Top Language Jobs
Multilingual Vacancies
Language Jobs 4 U Website
Lingua Jobs Website
LangJobs Website


[1] Cited in: Kordsmeier, William et al. "Foreign Language Needs of U.S. Businesses." Journal of Education for Business 75.3 (2000): 169-71.
[2] List adapted from the University of Northern Iowa website