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Sunny employment future for interpreters and translators

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 46 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increasing globalization and by large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States. Job prospects should be best for those who have professional certification."

 

Foreign language skills provide sharp edge in the job market

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, "A growing number of business schools seem to be taking the view that a degree of fluency in at least one other major language is essential for the next generation of corporate leaders, despite the fact that most of their international programs are now conducted in English."

The International Business Times reported that job seekers with bilingual skills could look forward to a profusion of opportunities in the coming year.

The Vistawide World Languages and Cultures website is a resource for foreign language majors.

"What Can You Do With a Foreign Language Degree? The Possibilities are Endless!"

"Language Study in the Age of Globalization: The College-Level Experience" an excellent brochure prepared by the Modern Languages Association (MLA).

Omniglot, the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages, offers these career suggestions and many links for additional information and resources for those majoring in foreign languages.

The "Education Portal" website offers "Career Information for a degree in Foreign Languages" (with salary stats).

In its list of The 13 "Most Useful College Majors," Newsweek magazine placed at #10 "French, German, Latin and other Common Foreign Languages."

 

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2014 Top-Paying Liberal Arts Majors"

The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that the top-paying liberal arts majors for 2014 graduates are foreign languages and literature (average starting salary $46,900) and English ($42,200). The results are based on job offers that students accepted earlier this year and were reported by employers in February 2014 primarily through a variety of government surveys.