Area

Employer


Area:

Government

Sub-Area:
  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Language Analysis
  • Linguistics
  • Diplomacy
  • Civil Service
  • Foreign Service
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Customs
  • Intelligence
  • Security and Protection
  • Law Enforcement
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
Employers:
  • Federal government organizations including:
  • Overseas aid agencies
  • Intelligence and law enforcement agencies:
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Department of State
  • Homeland Security including:
    • US Customs and Border Patrol
    • US Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Department of Defense including:
    • US Armed Forces
    • National Guard
    • National Security Agency
  • Department of Commerce
  • Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Peace Corps, VISTA, Americorps
  • Library of Congress
  • Voice of America
  • US District Courts

Area:

Industry and Commerce

Sub-Area:
  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Banking/Finance
  • Sales
  • Customer Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Engineering/Technical
  • Computer and Software Services
  • Research
  • Operations Management
  • Consulting
  • Importing/Exporting
  • Administrative Services
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Law
Employers:
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Import/Export companies
  • International companies including:
    • Foreign firms operating in the US
    • US firms operating in foreign countries
  • Manufacturers
  • Retail stores
  • Environmental firms
  • Consulting agencies
  • Sports organizations
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Computer and software firms
  • Advertising agencies
  • Professional associations
  • Law firms

Area:

Travel and Tourism

Sub-Area:
  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Airline Services
  • Management
  • Booking and Reservations
  • Travel Services/Guidance
  • Ecotourism
Employers:
  • Tour and excursion companies
  • Travel agencies
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Airlines/Airports
  • Cruise lines
  • Railroads
  • Bus lines
  • Convention centers
  • Chambers of commerce

Area:

Interpretation/Translation

Sub-Area:
  • Interpretation (Simultaneous & Consecutive)
    • Business
    • Conference
    • Escort/Guide
    • Judiciary (Court)
  • Translation
    • Legal
    • Literary
    • Localization
    • Machine
    • Medical
    • Technical
Employers:
  • Freelance
  • Educational services
  • Business services
  • Government agencies
  • Healthcare organizations
  • International organizations
  • Nonprofit and social service organizations
  • Courts
  • Publishers
  • Libraries

Area:

Service and Education

Sub-Area:
  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Educational Administration Including:
    • Student Affairs
    • Study Abroad Programs
    • International Houses or Cultural Centers
    • International Student Services
  • Linguistics
  • Civil Service
  • Social Work
  • Mission Work
  • Library Science
  • Health Services
  • Counseling
  • Nonprofit or Public Interest Law
  • Research
Employers:
  • K-12 schools, public and private
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Pre-schools
  • Professional language schools
  • English language institutes
  • Overseas dependents' schools
  • Foreign study exchange programs
  • Libraries
  • Adult education programs
  • Religious and volunteer organizations
  • International organizations
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Hospitals

Area:

Arts, Media, Entertainment

Sub-Area:
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
  • Photography
  • Writing
  • Publishing/Editing
  • Public Relations
  • Performing
  • Film Making
  • Museum Work
Employers:
  • Museums
  • Foreign news agencies
  • Book publishers
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • TV networks
  • Radio stations
  • Film companies
  • Recording companies
  • Internet media companies
  • Advertising firms

General Information and Strategies

  • Choose an additional academic area of study to supplement the foreign language, preferably one that requires a high degree of technical skill. Most people with foreign language ability use those skills to assist them in a different career field such as business, education, journalism, law, etc.
  • Choose which language and culture appeals to you most. Consider the level of foreign language ability you will need to acquire for success in your career. Possible languages to study: Spanish, German, French, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Portuguese. Some languages will offer more job opportunities than other languages in various industries or geographic locales.
  • Related courses to study include geography, history, civilization, foreign relations, international law, and world economics.
  • Plan to attend a private language institute to learn additional languages and cultures.
  • Travel to a foreign country or study abroad ininternational exchange programs to develop your language skills and international/intercultural competency.
  • Study and practice your foreign language skills by reading foreign newspapers, magazines, and books.
  • Seek opportunities to interact with international students on your campus or members of your local community. Host international students, join relevant student organizations, and participate in international campus events.
  • Watch foreign movies and listen to foreign broadcasts to maintain your fluency.
  • Volunteer your language skills to churches, community organizations, and programs that work with people who speak your target language.
  • Correspond with someone from a foreign country.
  • Contact professional associations and read their publications to learn about job opportunities.
  • Research job postings on the Internet to get an idea of jobs in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful.
  • Participate in summer programs, co-ops, and internships to improve your skills.
  • Network with others in the field to learn about job opportunities.
  • In general, international positions are competitive and difficult to obtain. Be very proactive in developing the skills and experiences international employers seek.
  • Get your foot in the door in domestic positions because many international employers promote current employees into international ones.