If you are bilingual or speak even more languages than two, there are jobs out there suited towards your strengths. Knowing more than one language is not only a personal achievement but is valued in a variety of fields of employment. Your love for linguistics can help you land a job that others may miss out on because they only speak one language.
According to NBC News, "In 2010, there were roughly 240,000 job postings aimed at bilingual workers. But by 2015, that figure swelled to about 630,000. The study also showed that bilingual workers were in demand for both low and high-skilled positions."
NBC News continues, "'In today's global economy, businesses require employees who can serve customers in a variety of languages,' John Feinblatt, chairman of New American Economy, said in a prepared statement. 'This research highlights the growing need to attract and promote a multilingual workforce.'"
According to Monster, "The most sought-after languages employers hire for—according to data from the Center for Immigration Studies and New American Economy - are for speakers of Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. And that translates to more jobs calling for a bilingual skill set."
The uptick in sought-after employees who speak these three languages (among others) is seen nation-wide, but some cities (generally port cities) are hubs for bilingual employees. Monster lists the top ten:
1.Los Angeles, California
2.New York, New York
7.San Francisco, California
So, if you are bilingual and located in or near one of these large cities, your language skills are your strong suit. Here are five careers to consider if you speak more than one language and want to utilize your talents on the job.
If you have the freedom to travel and love the idea of interacting with people and aiding air travelers to and from their destinations, becoming a flight attendant could be your dream job. Not only will you visit exciting places and meet new people, but your bilingual skills will be useful when communicating with international flyers. As per Live Lingua, "If an attendant has the ability to speak with a diverse range of passengers, it increases the safety and understanding of everyone onboard."
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Nearly every company has a customer service department or at least someone in the role of aiding customers and clients. This provides a good deal of job opportunity in this field. That said, being bilingual makes a prospective customer service employee even more valuable. According to The Mezzofanti Guild, "Customer service roles of just about every kind are increasingly in need of more multilingual staff." Your ability to communicate with speakers of a native tongue can help a company retain and gain customers.
Online Content Creator
There is so much available work for online content creation. The internet offers endless possibilities for a platform for content, be it for blogs, websites, social media, etc. Being able to produce content for American companies in another language helps them broaden their consumer base. Whether you can create new content or translate existing content, your bilingual talents will prove indispensable. Not to mention, much online content work can be done remotely, so you can live practically anywhere in the world and use your bilingual skills to your advantage.
Social work is a selfless job, one that takes a special kind of patience and personality. If helping the lives of others is close to your heart, think of how many more people you can reach thanks to your language skills. As Live Lingua notes, "A social worker is involved in personal details of a client's life. If he or she can communicate in the heart language of the family or individual that is being treated, it gives them an edge over other candidates. This is a career path for anyone with a heart and commitment to serve others."
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Companies rely on their human resources department to keep the business in check - from hiring to training to making sure people comply with company standards and rules. Speaking more than one language allows the HR specialist to reach more people within the company including those who may work abroad. As per Live Lingua, "The ability to speak multiple languages is an asset during the interview and training processes, particularly for companies that hire workers for manufacturing or manual labor."