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Foreign Languages

Jobs Using Foreign Language Skills

Do you love to play with English? Do you like to hear the sounds of Foreign Languages? Are you attracted to people who speak other languages and come from other cultures? Then you may want to find a career that requires foreign language skills. Are you good with words? Do you like solving problems? Would you enjoy figuring out how to help two people who don't speak the same language get together and meet their goals? If so, you may be interested in the hundreds of jobs available for people who speak and write a foreign language.

Some of these job opportunities include:

Translation & Interpretation:

  • Commercial Language Schools
  • Publishers
  • Hospitals
  • Federal Government
    • Defense Intelligence Agency
    • Voice of America
    • U.S. Information Agency
    • Drug Enforcement Agency
    • National Endowment for the Humanities
    • National Security Agency
    • Library of Congress
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Central Intelligence Agency
  • State and Local Government
    • Social Services
    • Economic Development Agencies
    • Foreign Companies operating in U.S.
    • U.S. Companies Operating Abroad
    • Import/Export
    • Translation Agencies



  • Department of State (consular, administrative, economic, political)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (overseas information, education exchange, cultural programs)
  • Voice of America
  • Immigration and Naturalization (border patrols, special agent, immigration examiner, deportation specialist)
  • Department of Defense (military branches, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency)
  • Peace Corps
  • National Endowment for the Humanities

State and Local:

  • Port Authorities
  • Economic Development Agencies
  • Police/Law Enforcement
  • Social Service Agencies

United Nations:

  • Professional Posts
  • Technical Assistance Experts
  • Administrative Posts
  • Public Information Posts
  • Office of Legal Affairs
  • Translators/Precis.-Writers
  • Interpreters
  • Librarians
  • Clerical/Secretarial Posts
  • Guides

Volunteer Organizations:

  • Religious Organizations (Missionary, Social Service)
  • Civic Organizations (Social Services, Community Development, Hunger Relief, etc.)

Education Administration:

  • American sponsored Private Schools Abroad
  • Foreign Study and Exchange Programs
  • American College Programs Abroad
  • International Study Programs
  • Corporations Providing Training for Transfer Personnel
  • International Non-Profit Organizations

Business, Industry & Commerce:

  • Environmental Firms
  • Sports Organizations
  • Advertising Departments and Agencies
  • Finance (Banks, Savings & Loans, Credit Unions)
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Computer Firms (Hardware and Software Sales and Service)
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel (Airlines, Railroads, Cruise Lines, Airports)
  • Health Care (Hospitals, etc.)
  • Mass Communications (Magazines, Newspapers, Radio, TV, Books)


  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • English as a Second Language


  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Entertainment
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