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International Job Titles


So you'd like an international career but aren't sure what's out there?
Here are some sample industries and job titles to get you started.


  • Language skills alone will not always get you an international job.
  • Plan to combine your language ability with a skill valued in your field of interest.


  • Translating and interpretation careers require the strongest language skills.
  • Your personality is an important factor when considering a translation or interpretation career.
    • If you enjoy working alone, appreciate careful semantic phrasing, have a good eye for detail and precision, you may want to consider translation.
    • If you're a "people person", think quickly and respond immediately to changes in your environment you should consider interpreting.
  • People with strong translating/interpreting skills can be self-employed as consultants, or may work for:
 commercial language schools; publishers; hospitals; foreign firms located in the US; government agencies; export/import companies; or translation agencies.

Many students studying foreign languages think about teaching or working in an educational setting. If you're considering a career in education, consider the following jobs:

Sample Teaching Position Titles
Foreign Language Teacher in a public school (certificate required)Foreign Language Teacher in a private school (usually no certificate required)Bilingual elementary school teacherCollege or University ProfessorESL TeacherTeacher in professional language institute such as BerlitzTeacher in American-sponsored private schools abroadProfessor in American college programs abroadForeign study exchange programs

Foreign Language Teacher in a public school (certificate required)
Foreign Language Teacher in a private school (usually no certificate required)
Bilingual elementary school teacher
College or University Professor
ESL Teacher
Teacher in professional language institute such as Berlitz
Teacher in American-sponsored private schools abroad
Professor in American college programs abroad
Foreign study exchange programs

Sample Administrative Titles in Education

Immigration Specialist for college or university Program Coordinator
International Hiring Specialist for college or university Counselor of International Students
Foreign Student Advisor International Center Administrator
Foreign Faculty Advisor Study Abroad Coordinator
International Admissions/Credentials Officer  

If you'd like to teach abroad, and you have a teaching certificate these sites may be able to help you:

International Schools Services The International Educator
US Department of State World Teach
Department of Defense Peace Corps  


Sample Nonprofit Job Titles include:

Community organization worker Public Relations Director
Social Worker Human Services Worker
Librarian Volunteer Coordinator
Museum Guide Fund-raiser
Program Coordinator Publications Director
Social Worker Media Relations Coordinator
Development Director  


Look at local, state government opportunities as well as federal resources to find foreign-language based jobs. See the Government Career Section for more information.

Sample government job titles:

Border Patrol Agent Intelligence Specialist
Customs Officer International Relations Specialist
Foreign Affairs Specialist Peace Corps Volunteer
Foreign Service officer Research Assistant
Immigration Inspector Scientific Linguist
Import-export Agent  


In general, you will need to supplement your language skills with specialized business skills to be valued in this area. The types of positions are virtually unlimited. See the International Business Section for more information.

Some of the more common fields within business where foreign language skills might be appreciated include:

Sales positions Hospital/Health Care
Environmental firms Publishing
Sports organizations Banking and Finance
Advertising/Marketing departments Public Relations
Computer services-- hardware and software  
Travel Industry: Airlines/ RR/Cruises, hotel, motel, and hospitality  

Sample business job titles which might involve using foreign language skills include:

Airline Customer Service Agent Manufacturer's Representative
Computer programmer Market Analyst
Copywriter (advertising) Public Relations Specialist
Flight attendant Travel Agent
Banking Loan Officer Tour Guide
Lawyer Technical Writer
Management Consultant  
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