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									Information from the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

"...Employment of interpreters and translators is
projected to increase faster than the average for all
occupations over the 2004-14 period, reflecting
strong growth in the industries employing
interpreters and translators."
Pathways to Success
Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Often

•bilingual education
•foreign correspondent
•foreign service officer
•foreign social worker
•international banking officer
•international trade economist
•speech pathologist
Classical Languages
and Careers
Latin has long been seen as a stepping stone to the study
of law and medicine, as well as useful for those in the
sciences and philosophy.

Students with Latin degrees have gone on to study law and
medicine, health and science professions, and offering tours
with an archeological and ancient emphasis.

For more examples of careers and classical languages, visit

Read more about careers and classical languages at
Heritage Speakers


Watch video clips made by heritage speakers who use their
heritage language skills in a wide variety of careers at

Larry Bachus is the inventor of The Turbo Tank ® and The
ORID ®. He is a lecturer, writer, and CEO of The Bachus
Company, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Larry learned
Spanish as an adult at the University of Alabama in

Visit Larry’s web site http://www.bachusinc.com

“I could not have done any of this without my education in
foreign language. I’ve worked as a foreign correspondent,
I’ve done sales work in South America, and I became a
writer. My background in language has allowed me to do all
of that.”

Terena Bell of Louisville, Kentucky, studied Spanish in high
school and French at the University of Louisville. She is the
founder of “In Every Language.”.

“Since 2005 I’ve spent my energy creating something to
bring together my language background, my financially
frugal mind, and my ability to change. In Every Language
is a translating and interpreting company, a business where
the challenges—linguistic, business, and personal—are
consistently in flux. In reality, it’s perfect!”

Visit Terena’s website at http://www.ineverylanguage.com
Lara Puglielli, International Development Professional

"I've had various positions in Catholic Relief Services, one
of the largest US-based international development
organizations that works in 99 countries worldwide."

When asked, “What advice would you give to somebody
who wants to be an International Development
professional? Are there any specific languages they should
learn?” she replied:

"Working proficiency in Spanish, French or Portuguese is
currently required for my kind of work. However, languages
such as Arabic, Creole, Tagalog, Hindi, Bahasa, Kiswahili
are also a bonus..."
Who uses foreign language skills everyday?
•Congressional Interns
•Liability Claims Consultants
•Directors of Travel Industry Sales
•Assessment Specialists
•Flight Attendants
•Police Officers
•Public Health Workers
•Counseling Psychologists
•Arms Inspectors/Researchers

Reporters from the National Capital Language Resource Center
interviewed professionals about their careers, their language
background, and how knowing another language helped them to
succeed. Read what people say about the importance of foreign
language skills in their jobs.

Watch videos about professionals whose language ability
led them to exciting careers:

Court Interpreter
Producer of Games
Counselor for Immigrants
Police Officer
Promoter of International Trace
International Baseball Scout

Government & Military Jobs
For opportunities utilizing language expertise for
government careers, see the section on “Foreign Language
at the CIA” and “Language Positions” at the Central
Intelligence Agency website

National Security Agency--The National Security
Agency/Central Security Service is one of the most
important centers of foreign language analysis and research
within the U.S. government. The NSA coordinates, directs,
and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S.
government information systems. Learn more by visiting
Government & Military Jobs
Individuals classified as language specialists for the Federal
Government earned an average of $71,625 annually in 2005.

The United States is deeply involved in the economics and politics
of the world community. All government departments need
employees who can use foreign languages, at home and abroad,
and who are aware of and sensitive to cultural differences.
Whether your job is helping shape US policy on the environment,
helping US tourists overseas in a crisis, working on the US
economic and environmental policies, fighting against organized
international crime, or working on the diplomatic corps, you’ll find
your language skills make a big difference. Many government
departments have excellent opportunities to learn a language on
the job here in the US when they are not on a job overseas.

Follow the link www.state.gov/employment/ for the U.S.
Department of State.
Teaching Jobs

Interested in teaching? Visit Job Central,
sponsored by the American Council on the
Teaching of Foreign Languages. Job Central is a
link between employers and educators.

Language in the News
The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency
Education and Research (CALPER) at Pennsylvania State
University publishes important news articles with foreign
language information. Visit the side bar “Language in the
Press” at http://calper.la.psu.edu

CNN maintains a number of sites in languages other than English.
These sites include:

         Arabic                      http://arabic.cnn.com/
       Japanese                       http://www.cnn.co.jp/
        Korean                         http://cnn.joins.com
        Spanish                  http://edition.cnn.com/espanol/
        Turkish                      http://www.cnnturk.com

Most cable systems and satellite services offer foreign
language programming. Check with your local service
provider for more information.
Travel and Tourism
Knowing a foreign language is an important skill for those in
the tourist industry who prepare print information and web-
site content.

You can lead a tour in interesting areas of the world by
combining language and culture to make a great travel

The ease of modern travel means more tourists coming to this
country. Those who work in airports and other travel centers
come across people from all parts of the world with language

Follow the link www.onesmallplanet.com for a look at the
international travel connections through One Small Planet.
Career Listings
International Job Center: http://www.internationaljobs.org/

Subscriber membership is required to view international job
opportunities. If you are not ready to start a full-scale
international job search, but want to be aware of current
international opportunities, you may prefer to subscribe to the
IJC Monthly newspaper, International Employment Hotline.

Explore job listings at Monster.com
http://www.monster.com/ Use the search feature with
keywords such as “foreign language,” “international,”
“Spanish,” “bilingual,” “Hebrew,” etc.

Omniglot provides links for jobs requiring a facility in language
plus several useful links.
Opportunities for Global Involvement

Taking IT Global is a bridge to scholarships, internships and
organizations especially directed towards youth to build
capacity for development, artistic and media expression, make
education more engaging, and involve young people in global
decision-making throughout the world.
Opportunities for Global Involvement
TakingITGlobal is an international organization led by youth
and empowered by technology that connects youth around the
world to find inspiration, information and get involved in
improving their local and global communities. Headquartered
in Toronto, Canada, with a growing worldwide presence, this
feature program serves as the most popular online community
for young people interested in connecting across cultures and
making a difference. TakingITGlobal works with global
partners—from UN agencies, to major companies, and
especially youth organizations. Updated Feature: Now in its
third version, TakingITGlobal's free, downloadable guide to
action (in English, French and Spanish) helps readers explore
issues they care about, and suggests ways they can take
action and involve others in making a positive difference!
Opportunities for Global Involvement
The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a non-profit
organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to
learn more about the world. Founded in 1918, FPA provides
independent publications, programs and forums to increase
public awareness of, and foster popular participation in,
matters relating to those policy issues. Our Board is comprised
of leaders from business, the academy and international
organizations who share a commitment to educating
Americans about world issues.

Foreign Policy Association--Student Corner (Conferences,
Awards, Scholarships, Getting Involved—International
Volunteer Opportunities and Study Abroad Year Round; Global
Forum—Ideas exchange):
Brochures and Flyers
Links to information on careers that use language skills:

Foreign Language: What Can I do With this Degree? Makes a
nice three-page handout showing Areas, Employers, and

Universal Highways, Inc. lists careers that require foreign
language expertise
Brochures and Flyers

In 1995, Emmanuel Ngomsi, Ph.D., Universal Highway's
President and Senior Consultant, received the National Foreign
Language Fellowship Award from The National Endowment for
The Humanities and The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Dr. Ngomsi is the creator of Yan-koloba, a multicultural
teamwork, teambuilding and character building game rooted
in African cultures.

See the link “Learn Foreign Languages” for “A case for
learning a foreign language.”

"Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities”
Brochures and Flyers

Careers Using Foreign Language

A three-page handout on “Careers Using Foreign Language” as
a primary or secondary skill.

Information regarding the Graduate School of Translation and
Interpretation at Monterey Institute of International Studies
an affiliate of Middlebury College
Brochures and Flyers

Getting to use your languages at work doesn’t always mean
being a teacher, translator or interpreter. Languages are used
in lots of very different ways and different degrees of fluency
and different languages are needed according to the market.

For more information visit
http://www.languageswork.org.uk/pdf/talkc.pdf for a four-
page brochure on languages and careers entitled Work Talk: A
Guide to Languages and Careers
Career Print Publications
Careers in Foreign Languages by Blythe Camenson (2001)
ISBN 0-658-00111-6

Excellent resource
Answers to questions about language, careers, and interests.
Information about which language to study, scholarships,
employment, and salary
Descriptions of unusual careers

Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados by H. Ned Seelye & J.
Laurence Day (2003) ISBN 0658010662

Lists training requirements for dozens of jobs
Examples of jobs involving popular hobbies & interests
Expert advice on putting savoir faire to work in dream careers

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