Jobs Related to Foreign Languages

  • The ability to speak a second language can lead to several different careers choices in your post high school years. In addition to the obvious teaching from the elementary to college level, there is also the possibility to work in the fields of translating and interpreting.  Moreover, several government agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) require proficiency in a foreign language to be considered for employment in many of the careers paths of these agencies.

    There are also other businesses industries that favor or even require second language proficient employees. People seeking employment in the service industries such as hotel and tourism will always be able to rely on their second language abilities. The entertainment industries such as films, radio, and sound production also often require employees who speak a foreign language due to many overseas production sites and shooting or broadcasting locations. Moreover, political agreements such as the North American Free Trade have brought the need for companies to hire proficient speakers to deal with foreign businesses.  Within our own country, knowledge of a second language is very useful, if not obligatory, for those individuals seeking employment in the areas of medicine, law, business, journalism, political science, library science, and government work. undoubtedly, an ability to effectively communicate in a second language such as Spanish or French will give you a significant advantage over an otherwise equally qualified job applicant in almost any field.