The foreign language specialist engages in translating, interpreting or teaching in one or more foreign languages. Specialized work in foreign languages requires knowledge of the literature, culture and historical development of the country or countries in which the language is used. Most professional translators and interpreters must meet high proficiency standards in the language they use and also have specialized knowledge of the material to be translated.  Most teaching positions from elementary school through high school require state teaching certificates.  Most teaching positions on the college and university levels require a Masters degree or above in the particular language being taught.  Many occupations not only require language fluency but also a primary skill specialization.  Such jobs exist in government, the United Nations, the Peace Corps and many other private and public organizations. 

Representative Job Titles Related to Major

Audio-Visual Specialist
Banker (International)
Import/Export Agent
Secretary – Bilingual
Community Organization Worker

Customs Officer
Flight Attendant
Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Exchange Clerk
Foreign Service Officer
Immigration Officer

Peace Corps Worker
Public Relations
Research Advisor
Travel Agent
Tour Guide

Representative Employers of Majors

Advertising Agencies
Air, Bus and Rail Lines
US Information Agency
Recruitment Office
US Dept. of State
International Development
Peace Corps

Foreign Service
Immigration & Naturalization
Department of Defense
Cen. Intelligence Agency
Film Companies
Hotel Chains
Import-Export Companies


Magazine, Newspaper & Periodicals
Multinational Business
Public Relations Firm
Radio/TV Industry
Travel Agencies
United Nations


Where to Seek More Information

Board of Examiner for Foreign Service
US Dept. of State
Washington, DC  20520

United Nations Examinations & Training Section
Office of Personnel
United Nations
New York, NY  10017

Modern Language Association
62 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10011

American Translators Association
109 Croton Avenue
Croton-on-Hudson, NY  10562



Federal Communications Commission
Washington, DC  20536

Central Intelligence Agency
Washington, DC  20505

Department of Defense
Washington, DC  20301

Director of Personnel
US Information Agency
Washington, DC  20212

Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY  10017 

Agency for International Development
Washington, DC  20523