Top Jobs for Language Majors

Updated: January 3, 2020

There are about 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, and breaking down the language barrier can bring people, cultures, and nations together. If you speak another language (or two), you have the ability to bridge that gap for citizens, businesses, and governments. Use your fluency in one of these top (and in-demand) jobs for language majors.

1. Interpreter — Becoming an interpreter puts you front and center when it comes to business dealings, international sporting events, or peace treaty talks. You could work with foreign dignitaries to improve international relations, offer your services to celebrities, or take your talents to international corporations.

2. Teacher— You’ve worked hard to master another language, and there are legions of students who wish they could do the same. Who better to teach them than you? And even if you don’t teach your second language, teaching any subject is a fantastic job for bilingual people.

3. Scientific Translator — Accessing scientific data and research is impossible if you don’t speak the language it was originally published in. That’s where a scientific translator can help: It’s your job to translate new information into your native language. Small errors could cause huge misunderstandings, so attention to detail is a must.

4. Human Resources Manager — Every major company has a human resource department, and your language skills will make you a pivotal part of that team. As more and more companies emphasize diversity and cross-cultural understanding, your communication skills will make you a competitive applicant. Using your second language, you can help potential employees through the application process, answer questions about company benefits, and translate as necessary.

5. Social Worker— Helping members of a diverse society means being able to relate to and communicate with them. Since not everyone speaks the same language, you can be a key player in helping women, children, families, unemployed workers, and patients find the assistance they need.