Careers

A degree in a foreign language can give students an edge in competitive job markets. However, it is important to note that some occupations may require education beyond a bachelor's degree and/or experience/education in another field.

The following lists provide a sampling of possible careers for Foreign Language majors:

Business:
  • Import/Export
  • International Law
  • Public Relations
  • Receptionist/Secretary
Communications:
  • Customer Service
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Interpreter
  • Telecommunications
Education:
  • Missionary
  • Study Abroad Coordinator
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Tutor
Government Service:
  • Immigration/Customs
  • Peace Corps
  • Social Work
  • United Nations
Science & Technology:
  • Archeologist
  • Software Designer
  • Technical Translator
  • Web Developer
Travel Services & Tourism:
  • Airline Industry
  • Foreign Travel Advisor
  • Hotel/Restaurant Mgt.
  • Tour Guide

For more information about these careers, as well as the current employment outlook, visit the U.S. Department of Labor and Oregon Employment Department websites.