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Top Jobs for Language Majors in 2013

The world is a huge and widely diverse place. But breaking down the language barrier brings the people, cultures, and nations of the world closer together. With your knowledge of another language (or two), you have the ability to bridge that gap for citizens, businesses, and governments. Plus, the ability to speak another language fluently can be a huge asset in today’s global world of work.

Use your unique skills in one of these top (and in-demand) careers for language majors.

1. Interpreter

Becoming an Interpreter puts you front and center of everything, from business dealings to international sporting events to peace treaty talks. You could work with foreign dignitaries to help improve international relations, offer your services to celebrities, or provide your talents to international corporations.

Average Salary: $23,000 – $86,000
Job Outlook: 42% (much faster than average)

2. Teacher

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

Average Salary: $35,000 – $83,000
Job Outlook: 17% (faster than average)

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 you must be quite careful with each piece you handle.

Average Salary: $23,000 – $86,000
Job Outlook: 42% (much faster than average)

4. Human Resource 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 place a value on diversity and cross-cultural understanding, your communication skills can make you a competitive job applicant. Using your second language, you might help potential employees through the application process, answer questions about company benefits, and translate as necessary.

Average Salary: $99,000
Job Outlook: 17% (faster than average)

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.

Average Salary: $29,000 – $77,000
Job Outlook: 25% (faster than average)

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