Career Opportunities

Fields in which world language skills are needed and sources of information: A checklist prepared by Prof. Loisel for students of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.


Administration and Counseling

Supervision and curriculum development for bilingual education UNESCO technical assistance (with experience in education) Department of Defense Dependent Schools

Teaching Abroad

Fulbright-Hays Program (1) U.S. Government Positions (Overseas Dependent Schools) (2) Peace Corps (with mathematics, science) Sources: see Whole World Handbook (Council on International Educational Exchange, 205 East 42 St., NY, NY 10017); Study and Teaching Opportunities Abroad (write the U.S. government Printing Office); write also to the Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State; for (1) write the office of International Education, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., 20202; for (2) write the Department of Defense.

Foreign Language Teaching

Elementary level: FLES (Foreign language in Elementary Schools) High School College

MLA Job Information Lists (quarterly) AATSP Job Information Service (see Hispania) MLA Guide for Job Candidates and Dept. Chairs in English and foreign Languages (write the MLA Job Information Service, 62 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10011 TESOL (MA in applied linguistics with specialization in teaching English as a foreign language or TEFL)


Types and places of work

  • Overseas: for American firms doing business abroad (agents and sales representatives; executive to clerical level jobs; etc.)
  • U.S.: representative of foreign firms doing business here; etc.
  • Type of positions:
    • Managerial, executive, and marketing
    • Technical and engineering
    • Banking and financial
    • Secretarial and clerical
  • Sources of information:
    • Classified advertisement
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of labor)
  • Specialized Schools preparing people for bilingual careers in business: American Graduate School of International Management (Glendale, AS)
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies (425 Van Buren St., Monterey, CA 93940)

Government and International Organizations

Federal Government

  • For general information write U.S. Office of Personnel management (Washington D.C. 20415) or contact the nearest Federal Job Information Center. See also the U.S. Government Manual.
  • Department of State. Foreign Service Officers (FSOs). State Department=s Language Service Division. Write the Employment Division, Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520
  • Agency for International Development (AID). Write Office of Personnel Management, AID, Washington, D.C. 20523
  • U.S. Information Agency (USIA). Information offices and libraries abroad. Voice of America. Magazine publishing. Binational centers. Write the Employment Branch, Office of Personnel, USIA, Washington, D.C. 20547
  • ACTION. Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Write ACTION, Personnel management Division, Washington, D.C. 20525
  • Department of Agriculture. Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS). Office of International Cooperation and Development (OICD). Write the Office of Personnel, Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250
  • Department of Commerce. International Trade Administration (ITA) and its Foreign Commercial Service. United States Travel Service. Write the Office of Personnel, Department of commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230
  • Department of Defense. Write personnel and Security, Washington Headquarters Services, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C. 20301
  • Department of Education. Office of International Education. Office of Bilingual Education. Write the Office of Personnel, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202
  • Department of the Interior. FBI. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Immigration and Naturalization Service. International Affairs Office of the Criminal Division. Write the Office of Personnel, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20530
  • Department of Labor. Bureau of International labor Affairs. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Write the Reception and Correspondence Unit, Dept. of Labor, Washington, D.C. 20210
  • Department of the Treasury. Office of the Assistant Secretary. U.S. Customs Service. Write the Office of Personnel, Dept. of the Treasury, Washington, D.C. 20220
  • Smithsonian Institute. Write the Office of Personnel, Smithsonian Inst. Washington, D.C. 20560
  • Library of Congress. Department of Research Services. Write the Recruitment and Placement office, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540

Local Government

  • International Organizations

United Nations

  • Organization of American States
  • World Bank
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Pan American Health Association

Library Sciences

Write the American Library Association, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611


Journalism. Radio and TV. Film. Publishing.

Travel and Tourism

Hotels and motels. Transportation companies. Tour operators.


Health Services. Social Work. Religious Organizations. International Visitors Information Service (IVIS). Catholic Relief Service. YMCA, YWCA. Red Cross.

Interpreting and Translating

Interpreting. Interpreters for the Federal Courts (certifying office; Administrative office of the U.S. Courts, Washington, D.C. 20544). U.S. Schools which provide training: Georgetown University, Monterey Institute

Translating. UN. Federal Government (Write the Language Services Division, Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520). For general information write the American Translators Association (ATA), 109 Croton Avenue, Ossining, New York 10562, and the American Association of Language Specialists (TAALS), 1000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 9, Washington, D.C. 20036

See Edward Bourgoin. Foreign languages and Your Career. 3rd ed. Washington, D.C.: Columbia Language Services, 1984.

See also H. Ned Seelye and J. Laurence Day. Foreign Language Aficionados and Other Multilingual Types. Lincolnwood, Illinois: VGM Career Horizons, 1996.