What can I do with my FOREIGN LANGUAGE degree?

What can I do with my FOREIGN LANGUAGE degree?

Employers of Foreign Language Majors

  • International Political Organizations, Embassies, and Consultants
  • Import/Export Companies & International Banks
  • Schools
  • Government - CIA, Defense Dept., Peace Corps,
  • Dept. of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization
  • International Student Programs
  • Corporate Programs for Transfer Students
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Industry - Hospitality, Restaurants & Hotels, Health Care Services, Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Banking
  • Airlines, Cruise Lines, Railroads
  • Automobile Industry


Related Occupations for Foreign Language Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.

Air Traffic Assistant Intelligence Specialist
Art Dealer International Account Representative
Banking Correspondent International Banking Officer
Bilingual Educator International Consultant
Civil Service Employee International Trade Economist
Consultant Interpreter
Copywriter Investment Analyst
Cultural Attache Linguist
Cultural Officer Loan Officer
Customs/Immigration Officer Missionary
Drug Enforcement Agent National Security Agent
FBI or CIA Agent Overseas Plant Manager
Financial Planner Peace Corps
Foreign Correspondent Pharmaceutical Representative
Foreign Diplomat Sports Agent
Foreign Exchange Trader Teacher
Foreign Service Officer Tour Organizer
Foreign Service Peacekeeping Translator
Foreign Service Specialist Travel Agent
Fund-Raiser Importer/Exporter Travel Writer
Intelligence Researcher  

Preparing for a Job in Foreign Languages

  1. Be familiar with current events and travel to the other countries.
  2. Undertake work/study in the country where the target language is spoken.
  3. Become more fluent by reading books, and using tapes and videos.
  4. Network and attend job fairs.
  5. Obtain certification to teach.
  6. Develop business skills to compliment language skills.
  7. Work in an international company based in the U.S.
  8. Consult a directory of foreign firms based in the U. S.
  9. Consult a directory of U. S. firms abroad.


Program Overview   Contact Information
    Department of Languagesand Communication
Spanish   College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    On Campus: D Vickers Hall, Room 219
    Telephone: (985) 549-2105
Links for Foreign Language Majors