• Business, Industry, and Commerce As global communication increases, opportunities for foreign language speakers in the business world continue to grow. Business, industry, and commerce need employees who can negotiate business in their clients' native cultures.
Education institutions, from elementary schools to colleges and universities, are always looking for a foreign language teachers. There is also a growing need for foreign language teachers to aid bi-lingual students and non-native English speakers in U.S. classrooms.
More and more lawyers, paralegals, clerks, and legal secretaries are discovering the advantages of having foreign language skills. Lawyers should speak and understand the language of their clients in order to advise them appropriately.
• Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
A major or minor in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics combined with a major or minor in a foreign language or languages can prove essential in the emerging global marketplace.
• Social Services
Social services professionals and those in the medical field need to understand the language of their clientele and patients in order to provide them with the best possible care.
The travel industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Travel bureaus, tourist agencies, airlines, hotels, and travel guide publishers are seeking individuals with foreign language skills to accommodate the many travelers heading to all corners of the globe.
The U.S. government is one of the nation's largest employers and has exciting job opportunities for candidates with foreign language skills. Federal jobs offer competitive salaries to professionals who specialize in foreign languages and are knowledgeable in foreign cultures.
Professionals in broadcasting and journalism often need knowledge of foreign languages in order to perform their jobs. Interviewing individuals and reporting from foreign countries can be difficult or impossible if the reporter does not speak the local language.