What can I do with my FOREIGN LANGUAGE degree?


Employers of Foreign Language Majors

  • International Political Organizations, Embassies, and Consultants

  • Import/Export Companies & International Banks

  • Schools

  • Government - CIA, Defense Dept., Peace Corps,

  • Dept. of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization

  • International Student Programs

  • Corporate Programs for Transfer Students

  • Non-profit Organizations

  • Industry - Hospitality, Restaurants & Hotels, Health Care Services, Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Banking

  • Airlines, Cruise Lines, Railroads

  • Automobile Industry


Related Occupations for Foreign Language Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.

Air Traffic Assistant

Intelligence Specialist

Art Dealer

International Account Representative

Banking Correspondent

International Banking Officer

Bilingual Educator

International Consultant

Civil Service Employee

International Trade Economist




Investment Analyst

Cultural Attache


Cultural Officer

Loan Officer

Customs/Immigration Officer


Drug Enforcement Agent

National Security Agent

FBI or CIA Agent

Overseas Plant Manager

Financial Planner

Peace Corps

Foreign Correspondent

Pharmaceutical Representative

Foreign Diplomat

Sports Agent

Foreign Exchange Trader


Foreign Service Officer

Tour Organizer

Foreign Service Peacekeeping


Foreign Service Specialist

Travel Agent

Fund-Raiser Importer/Exporter

Travel Writer

Intelligence Researcher


Preparing for a Job in Foreign Languages

  1. Be familiar with current events and travel to the other countries.

  2. Undertake work/study in the country where the target language is spoken.

  3. Become more fluent by reading books, and using tapes and videos.

  4. Network and attend job fairs.

  5. Obtain certification to teach.

  6. Develop business skills to compliment language skills.

  7. Work in an international company based in the U.S.

  8. Consult a directory of foreign firms based in the U. S.

  9. Consult a directory of U. S. firms abroad.


Links for Foreign Language Majors

  • One Small Planet

  • Overseas Employment Opportunities - Escape Artist

  • Overseas Jobs

  • What can I do with A Foreign Language Degree - SW Minnesota U.

  • Bilingual Jobs

  • English as a Second Language Job Center

  • American Translators Association

  • Southeastern Chapter - Le Cercle Français

  • Department of State

  • College and University Faculty from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact Information

Department of World Languages and Cultures
D Vickers Hall Room 219
Tel: 985-549-2105