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.
KEEP IN MIND
- 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|
|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|
|Program Coordinator||Publications Director|
|Social Worker||Media Relations Coordinator|
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|
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|
|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|