Of the many benefits learning another language can offer, expanded career opportunities are an important one. A combination of globalization and changing demographics continue to grow the list of bilingual jobs available to workers. Some of these jobs require fluency in another language, while in other cases proficiency in that language would simply be a plus. Either way, learning a second language can give you a leg up in your career by qualifying you for more (often better-paying) jobs.
We wanted to get a sense of the wide range of careers that are out there for someone who wants to put their language skills to work, so we started a Bilingual Jobs series, in which we profile various employment opportunities that require or encourage speaking more than one language. Check out the articles linked below for insights into what these jobs are really like through interviews with the people who do them.
- What does a cryptologic linguist in the Marines do and how do they prepare for bilingual service? We took a look inside the U.S. military’s intensive language program.
- Discussing mental health is hard, but it’s even harder when your therapist doesn’t speak your language. We spoke with a mental health interpreter about what it’s like to help interpreting in medical environments.
- Video editors have the power to tell compelling and entertaining stories that people care about. We spoke with an editor whose Chinese skills have opened new doors for him in the world of television.
- Helping children navigate tough times is super rewarding. And this social worker does it in two languages.
- Have you ever dreamed of working for the United Nations? One way to get in the door is by becoming a U.N. interpreter to help world leaders communicate.
- Learning seven languages has helped this nonprofit director connect with people around the world and take her career to new heights.
- Regardless of language abilities, nurses are in high demand. But throw in a second language, and the number of patients you can care for multiplies.
- From teaching migrant workers and their children English to forming bonds with high school students and parents, we spoke with two bilingual teachers who are using language to make a difference.
- By breaking language barriers between doctors and patients, medical interpreters provide comfort in times of distress and can even save lives.