Foreign Languages majors gain insight into the language, thought, and character of
other cultures and an understanding of other parts of the world.
Your choice of careers extends well beyond translating, interpreting and teaching.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
* See Training section
|Human Resources Management
||Social Security Representative
Nature of the Work
If you've mastered a foreign language, you have a marketable skill that is in demand
across a broad range of business and industry.
American businesses overseas prefer candidates with foreign language skills when filling
management positions. If you are interested in a career with an international company,
make sure to include business courses and experience in your resume.
Many service organizations need people who can speak a foreign language to work here
and abroad. You may need to have a professional skill as well such as being a teacher
or medical assistant.
State and local government service agencies, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers,
and community action programs all need bilingual or multilingual employees depending
on the language or languages spoken in the community.
Travel and tourism industries increasingly need employees who speak foreign languages.
Positions include lobby manager, reservationist, and concierge and banquet coordinator.
While language skills are not a requirement for all hotel jobs, they are nearly always
Interpreters and translators are employed everywhere in the world. You need to be
exceptionally fluent in English and at least one foreign language.
Places of Employment
|City, county and state government
||International service organizations
|Agency for International Development
|Central Intelligence Agency
|Department of Defense
||Research and educational institutes
|Department of State
|Federal Bureau of Investigation
||Social service agencies
|Immigration and Naturalization Service
||Universities and colleges
|United States Information Agency
Many of the jobs listed require you to have other business, technical or professional
skills in addition to a Foreign Language degree. Those job titles designated by an
asterisk generally require specific education and/or experience beyond the bachelor's
Special training is usually required for translating and interpreting. If you are
considering a career in teaching and research at a university, you will need to pursue
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.