CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORLD LANGUAGE MAJORS
World language study can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. The ability to speak, read, write and comprehend another language is an asset in todays global workplace. World language majors typically have a variety of career options in both the public and private sectors. Many professionals who deal with the public, including teachers, law enforcement agents, medical personnel, and social service professionals, find that knowledge of a language other than English can be a real benefit. Multi-national corporations increasingly need employees with world language backgrounds to process documents and work as translators. A major in Spanish or French at NEIU will help you to communicate and interact with people from diverse backgrounds. It will also help you to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity, to expand your knowledge of global issues, and perhaps ultimately to choose a career. Proficiency in more than one language is a valuable skill that enhances your occupational possibilities. It may also give you a competitive edge in todays job market.
The following lists are a representative sample of job titles and types of employers for individuals who have majored in world languages. In most cases, you will need to develop expertise in a secondary field in order to secure one of these highly specialized positions:
Employers in Modern World Languages
With the exception of positions in teaching, translating, and interpreting, in most entry-level jobs your language ability is seen as a secondary skill or asset. Since it is not the primary function of your job, employers may be more interested in your understanding of cultural nuances. That is, cultural sensitivity and an ability to relate to and communicate with people seem to be an equally high priority. World Language majors who are willing to develop other areas of expertise: computer science, business administration, communications, management banking, law criminal justice, political science, etcetera, have a good chance of being hired in todays very competitive workforce.
Keys to Success
The Modern Language Association has produced a brochure entitled: Language Study in the Age of Globalization:The College-Level Experience.
The brochure is available at www.mla.org/pdf/adfl_brochcollege.pdf .