Careers with Languages
What can you do with a degree in Languages?
The possibilities are ENDLESS!
- Do business overseas.
- Translate or interpret for a living.
- Enjoy a broader world view / Educate others.
- Be a staff member of a foreign embassy.
- Make lifetime friends from abroad.
- Understand cultural diversity.
- Be a court interpreter.
- Get a higher paying job in the U.S.
- Become an International TV Correspondent.
- Work with Immigrants and Migrant Workers.
- Be a foreign travel advisor/agent or a flight attendant.
- Become an FBI or CIA Agent highly needed for bilingual skills.
- Adapt well to other cultures and new environments.
- Compete easily against those who are not bilingual for high-paying jobs.
- Teach English abroad.
- Teach a foreign language in Elementary School, High School, or College.
- Become an immigrations/customs official.
- Help foreign tourists find their way in the U.S.
- Join the Peace Corps.
- Be a doctor or nurse working with minority populations.
- Become a hotel manager.
- Work with film-makers in translation/interpretation.
- Vacation in exotic places and enjoy the experience at a deeper level.
- Become an international researcher.
Get Translation Jobs
CIA Careers: Foreign Language at the CIA
Inter-American Development Bank
Welcome to the UN. It’s your world.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The World Bank
Embassy.org: the Electronic Embassy
CIEE – Study and Work Abroad (Council on International Education Exchange)
ENLACE Career Center (Electronic Network for Latin American Careers and Employment)
International Job Opportunities: The Riley Guide
WHO | World Health Organization
Visa and embassy information for all countries – Projectvisa.com
International Employment Opportunities and Resources from OverseasJobs.com
Dave’s ESL Cafe – Job Center
U.S. Agency for International Development
What are some of our Alumni doing with their foreign language skills?
Several graduates are continuing their studies at the graduate level.
One graduate is working in Atlanta for a computer company, where he handles their French-Canadian clients.
Many graduates are teaching foreign languages in Georgia public schools.
Another graduate went into an internship in Europe.
Lots of them enjoy holidays abroad.
You could be in their shoes!
Are you a former graduate of GSU with a degree in foreign languages? If so, please contact the department and provide details about what you are doing with your foreign language skills.
Need More Information? Read on.
Proficiency in a foreign language (active use of the language) has become an increasingly important asset in an interdependent world, a world in which the economy is now international and different cultures are interconnected by telephone, satellite, and computer terminal. Students who have added a foreign language skill to their resumes have prepared themselves to participate in a world economy in which “the language of business is the customer’s language”.
Already in the United States, approximately one out of every six manufacturing jobs is related to international commerce, and about 20 percent of U.S. industrial output is geared to foreign trade. It is clear that in order for the United States to remain competitive in world markets, we will need persons trained in both foreign languages and other professional areas related to business and commerce, such as agriculture, manufacturing, sales, management, transportation, marketing, finance, and law. Journalists, diplomats, public relations officers, military personnel, medical, social, and agricultural workers will play an increasing role in international understanding.
To provide for the demands of internationally-related businesses and agencies, the foreign language profession will require additional and more highly trained teachers of language, especially at the secondary level. Language requirements for admission to colleges and universities have strengthened the curriculum, but they have also produced a shortage of qualified foreign language teachers. In short, the future is bright for anyone with a foreign language proficiency in business, professional, service, and educational fields.
Specifically With Regard to Jobs…
While special knowledge of specific subject matter is necessary for certain occupational settings, not all employment settings require specialization. Some employers prefer liberal arts graduates who possess broad liberal skills such as: problem-solving, critical thinking, management and administration, and communication. These functional transferable skills combined with specific content knowledge are most useable and marketable in a broad span of occupational settings.
Listed below is a brief sampling of occupational titles and employment settings which relate to a major in Foreign Languages.
Language, Reading, Speaking, Communications Skills:
reading – explaining concepts – writing vividly love of printed things – expressing self – reporting accurately – promotional writing – thinking on one’s feelings – keeping minutes – publicity writing – editing – summarizing – speech writing – composing – translating – writing with humor – proofreading – linguistics- warm letter composition
Research, Investigating, Analyzing, Systematizing, Evaluating Skills:
trouble-shooting – interviewing – analyzing community needs – analyzing communications situations – critiquing – diagnosing – analyzing manpower requirements – organizing/classifying – reviewing/evaluating – systematizing/organizing material – problem solving – decision making – screening – skilled at clarifying problems/situations – recognizing elements, relationships, structures, and organizing principles – ability to trace problems to their sources – able to separate “wheat from chaff” – reviewing large amounts of material and extracting essence – receiving/defining cause and effect relationships – anticipate problems before they become problems
Typical Work Activities:
teaching, explaining, – enlightening, guiding – helping – selecting and training – informing, organizing – solving problems, leading discussions
Announcer (radio, TV) – Foreign export marketer – Writer (technical publications) – Translator – Foreign exchange program director – Tour guide – Foreign language translator – Foreign travel escort officer – Foreign information officer – Foreign tax accountant – Teacher (second language, international) – Interpreter – Anthropologist – Art historian – Case worker – Child care attendant – Community relations and services; advisor, public housing – Booking agent – Road manager – Flight attendant – Immigration inspector – Intelligence specialist – News writer (foreign languages items) – Special agent (FBI) – Training instructor – Teacher (college, high school) – Employment interviewer – Community organization worker – Biographer – Customs inspector – Editor (Foreign news, broadcast) – Foreign correspondent – Foreign student advisor – Importer – Explorer – International broadcaster (radio) – International Relations specialist – International Trade economist – Interviewer and claims adjuster – Language researcher – Linguistic scientist – Manager, Industrial development – Manager (world trade)
Possible Employment Settings:
Airports – News bureaus – Public relations firms – Visitors and convention bureaus – Hotel chains – Public service organizations – Chambers of commerce – Import/export companies – Investment firms – Travel agencies – United Nations – Advertising departments and agencies – Air, bus and rail lines – Banks (savings and commercial) – Government agencies (Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Affairs Office, Vista, Foreign Service Department, Federal Communications Commission, Peace Corps, Commerce Department, National Archives, Agency of International Development, Education Department, Civil Service Commission, Immigration and Naturalization Services, Library of Congress)
For more questions, contact the Department of Foreign Languages. Also, do not forget to visit the Career Services Center (Williams Center) and use their wide ranging services.
Last updated: 2/23/2017