I got a degree in [insert language], now what?


You just spent the last 4 years earning your bachelor’s degree in a foreign language, now how are you going to put all that hard work to use? Who are you going to work for? The good news is that having earned a foreign language degree prepares you to enter a variety of fields. The skills you obtained as a language major make you in demand in this ever shrinking world. Not only did you learn to speak, read and write in a foreign language, but you also learned about culture; how to express and understand multiple viewpoints; how to research and you developed analytical means of thinking, to name a few things. The following is a list of possible employers who hire language majors and a list of possible jobs.


Examples of Employers

Armed Forces

Adoption Agencies

Automobile Industry

Banking and Financing industry


Colleges and Universities

Consulting Firms

Cruise Lines

Diplomatic Corp

Foreign Embassies

Fashion Industry

Film and Entertainment Industry


International Banks

International Businesses

Language Schools

Law Firms Specializing in Immigration

National Parks

Non-Profit Organizations

Publishing Companies

Schools at home and abroad

State/Federal Government

Trade Firms

Translation/Interpretation Firms

Travel Agencies

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

U.S. Customs and Border Protection




List of jobs


Academic Librarian




Business Careers

Banking and Financing

Careers for Foreign Language Majors

Charitable Nonprofit Jobs 

College/University Faculty

Copy Writer

Court Interpreter

Court Reporting and Broadcast Captioning

Cultural Tutor

Customer Service Telephone Interpreter

Foreign Correspondent

Human Resources, Training & Labor Relations Managers and Specialists


International College Student Advisor


Interpreters and Translators

Interpreters and Translators (pdf)


Lawyer and Judge

Library Careers

Lobbying, Campaigning & Managerial Posts



Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Police Officer & Detective

Policy Making & Administration

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists


Sales Representative in Journalism & Publishing

Secondary Education Teacher

Special Agent

Travel Agent





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