Why Learn Spanish in the U.S.?


It will make you a better neighbor and citizen of you community

You will learn more about your own culture and

It will give you greater job opportunities.

Possible jobs for your future career: 

GOVERNMENT: Diplomat; translator, interpreter (US or UN); court interpreter; CIA; FBI linguist, special agent; Peace Corps; VISTA; Agency for International Development; State Department; Government research specialist; Immigration and Naturalization Service; Bureau of Narcotics; Armed forces; Department of Treasury; Foreign Claims Settlement Commission; Office of Economic Opportunity; agricultural specialist; all levels of government in areas with large immigrant population.

SOCIAL SERVICE: Law enforcement; welfare; health services; income tax consultant; missionary, minister; nursing; medical research writer; vocational counselor; case worker.

EDUCATION: Teacher; translator; editor; textbook author.

LIBRARY: Librarian in U.S., overseas; translator; classifier of foreign documents.

SCIENTIFIC FIELDS: Technical writer, translator; researcher; technical liaison for U.S. firms abroad; archaeology; museum work; medicine.

TRAVEL AND TOURISM: Travel agent; tour guide; hotel, restaurant employee; flight attendant; airport personnel.

BUSINESS: International law, banking; U.S. representative for foreign company; patent attorney; representative for U.S. firm abroad; foreign branch of U.S. firm; advertising, sales, fashion buyer; marketing; executive or manager; technical expert; personnel manager; Public Relations; secretarial and clerical opportunities; import‐export firms; brokerage firms; banks; medical organizations; service, cultural organizations.

COMMUNICATIONS: Journalism: foreign correspondent, photographer, writer, editor; TV or radio writer, reporter, technician, executive; CNN, network reporter, video crew; Voice of America writer, editor; translator; advertiser for ethnic, foreign markets; film, entertainment; interpreter; international telephone operator.

Employers/Industries and Success Strategies:

Government: Translation/interpretation – Journalism – Linguistics – Diplomacy – Civil Service– Foreign Service – Immigration/Naturalization – US Customs – Intelligence/Law Enforcement (e.g., FBI, CIA, DEA)

Suggested Strategy:The government is one of the largest employers of people with foreign language skills! Go to www.usajobs.gov, the government’s official job site. Consider attending a specialized language school that teaches foreign languages (e.g., Monterrey Institute). Learn government hiring procedures.

Arts, Media, Entertainment: Advertising – Translation/Interpretation – Journalism/Broadcasting – Publishing/Editing ‐ PR

Suggested Strategy: Spend time working or studying abroad. Read international newspapers to keep abreast of world affairs.

Industry & Commerce: Translation/Interpretation – Banking/Finance – Sales – Customer Services – Manufacturing – Engineering/Technical – Research – Operations Manage – Consulting – Import/Export – Administrative Services

Suggested Strategy: Supplement coursework with business minor. Gain experience through international internship or study abroad. Find out which companies do business with the countries in which your language of study is spoken. Be prepared to start in a position in the US working for a firm with an overseas presence. Very few entry level positions are available in international business.

Travel & Tourism: Translation/Interpretation – Airlines – Management – Booking/ Reservations – Travel Services/Guidance

Suggested Strategy: Get a part‐time job with hotel, restaurant, or visitors’ bureau to gain experience. Plan to attend a travel school. Develop strong administrative skills. Read international newspapers to keep abreast of world affairs.

Interpretation/Translation: Interpretation (simultaneous, consecutive, conference, escort/guide, judiciary) – Translation (literary, localization, medical) – Freelance – Education – Business services – Government agencies – Healthcare – Courts ‐ Publishers

Suggested Strategy: Develop a near‐perfect knowledge of second language. Gain experience through internship or volunteering. Learn a third language for greater opportunities. Most people work freelance in this field, and gain expertise in a particular area (e.g., law or medicine). Seek certification or accreditation from an interpretation/translation organization.

Service & Education: Translation/Interpretation – Teaching – Educational Administration –Linguistics – Civic Service – Social Work – Mission Work – Library Science – Health Services

Suggested Strategy: Obtain state licensure for K‐12 teaching. Consider teaching English in another country. Consider coursework in English grammar or linguistics. Gain experience tutoring or teaching ESL. Volunteer with Peace Corps, Teach for America, Americorps, or VISTA to gain experience. Obtain a graduate degree for university‐level teaching jobs.

Information obtained from  the University of Louisville’s Webpage.