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What You Can Do With a Foreign Language Degree

Updated on October 30, 2017

A Degree of Many Worlds

A degree in a foreign language can broaden your perceptive in your career choice. This photo represent the languages of many nations.
A degree in a foreign language can broaden your perceptive in your career choice. This photo represent the languages of many nations. | Source

Options in Translation

There are languages that you can study ranging from Afrikaans to Zulu. Studying aboard can be either an option or a requirement for this particular degree. You would get to gain first hand experience of not only just the language you are studying alone. But, you would experience the culture, the food, the sights of interest, the history, and the international laws. These type of programs can take place during the summer, a whole semester and/or even a year long. You would experience how a student in your host country is educated. Job fields with a foreign language degree can vary in the arts, education, history, literature, and politics. No matter what in field you would enter, you will gain certain job skills. Being bilingual and/or multilingual is definitely a must because you would have communicate orally and in writing. Studying the conversational style, grammar, pronunciation, and word usage of your chosen language is very important. This would a big brain boost because you would be able to outperform monolinguals (people who speak one language) academically.Having sensitivity to diversity being understanding unique cultures is definitely a must have job skill because you be interacting with people of different countries. Just remember to pick language that you interested in, study that and go to any career of your choice in your native country or overseas. It good be a good idea to take courses in economics, geography, and history because it would give you an understanding of your future career. Having a double major can increase your employ-ability changing and global job market. Make sure that second major is complete whatever your are interested in and your skills. this the 21st century's Volunteering in your local community You must learn how adjust new environments to avoid culture shock. In the 21st century's digital age, you must have computer skills just like any other job field. Take advantage of the global experience that you learned from studying aboard. It can help you and your resume stand out from the sea of job applicants. With a degree in foreign language, you would broaden your horizons on world views. Your communications skills would get a boost and job prospects would have an improvement.

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In today's  world, the global lines seem to be blurred. That means you would be interacting with people of various cultures.Even through you do not need a college degree for this career, it can help you.Interprets usually use oral and sign language to communicate with people who have hearing disabilities. Journalists informs the public of current events local and aboard.Librarians Translators would have to be fluent languages in different situations.Being a travel writer means that you can be freelance or as part of a writing staff.Ambassadors acts an official representative or promoter of foreign country. Attorneys and lawyers who practice international law  handles cases that involve issues with treaties, human rights and international relations.Since you would be promoting religion in exotic lands, knowing the language of natives  to be able to  spread a religious message.
In today's  world, the global lines seem to be blurred. That means you would be interacting with people of various cultures.
In today's world, the global lines seem to be blurred. That means you would be interacting with people of various cultures. | Source
Even through you do not need a college degree for this career, it can help you.
Even through you do not need a college degree for this career, it can help you. | Source
Interprets usually use oral and sign language to communicate with people who have hearing disabilities.
Interprets usually use oral and sign language to communicate with people who have hearing disabilities. | Source
Journalists informs the public of current events local and aboard.
Journalists informs the public of current events local and aboard. | Source
Librarians
Librarians | Source
Translators would have to be fluent languages in different situations.
Translators would have to be fluent languages in different situations. | Source
Being a travel writer means that you can be freelance or as part of a writing staff.
Being a travel writer means that you can be freelance or as part of a writing staff. | Source
Ambassadors acts an official representative or promoter of foreign country.
Ambassadors acts an official representative or promoter of foreign country. | Source
Attorneys and lawyers who practice international law  handles cases that involve issues with treaties, human rights and international relations.
Attorneys and lawyers who practice international law handles cases that involve issues with treaties, human rights and international relations. | Source
Since you would be promoting religion in exotic lands, knowing the language of natives  to be able to  spread a religious message.
Since you would be promoting religion in exotic lands, knowing the language of natives to be able to spread a religious message. | Source

Jobs in Translation

Arts/Entertainment: Art dealer, art restorer, fashion, filmmaker, furniture, museum staff, photographer, singer, writer, voice-over

Business: Administrative assistant, banking, buyer, claims representative, consultant, customer service, ecomonist, finance, human resources, importing/exporting, manufacturing, marketing, receptionist, sales, stockbroker

Education: Archivist, anthropologist, educator, genealogist, professor (college/university), historian, international student cooridinator, libriarian, phyisical education,researcher, teacher (K-12), tutor

Government: Ambassador, attorney, border partol, correctional officer, court reporter, diplomat, federal agent, intelligence agent, investigator, lawyer, law enforcement, legal advisor,military,politician, researcher

Hospitality: Flight attendent,hotel management, hotel staff, restaurant staff, sommelier

Media: Advertising, critic, copywriter, foreign service officer, journalist, news reporter, press attache, proofreader, public relations, publicity assistant, publisher, radio, sports agent, telecommunication

Science: Biologist, chemist, engineer, lab technician, oceangrapher, phyicist, researcher

Social Services: Civil service, counseling, grant writer,language engineer, lexicographer, linguist, medicine, non-profit, nurse, occuptional therapist, school counselor, speech pathologist, social worker

Technology: Computer science, software consultant, technical writer, web developer, web editor

Travel/Tourism: Airplane staff, booking agent, courier, escort, guide, interpret,translator, tour guide, tour director, travel agent, travel writer

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