Major employers of foreign language graduates

The government (including the FBI, CIA, Customs Service and the Library of Congress) is one of the largest employers of people with foreign language skills. Foreign language majors can also go into arts and entertainment by working at museums, book publishers, university presses and film companies, or into commerce and work at American firms abroad or international firms in the U.S.
 
Travel, tourism, service and education are also popular industries for foreign language graduates. Try to become as accustomed to the culture of the language(s) you're studying as possible, in any way possible, from studying or working abroad to renting foreign language movies and books.
 

Government Agencies

Agency for International Development National Security Agency
Bureau of Export Admin. NJ Governor's Commission on International Trade
Bureau of Intelligence & Research State Int'l. Trade Division
Bureau of Int'l. Labor Affairs State Travel & Tourism Division
CIA/FBI Office of Int'l Affairs
Defense Intelligence Agency Office of Int'l Coop. & Development
Department of Defense Office of International Education
Drug Enforcement Admin. Office of Int'l Policy & Programs
Foreign Agricultural Service Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Foreign Commercial Service Telecommunications Satellite Organization
Foreign Service U.S. Customs Service
Immigration & Naturalization Service U.S. Department of State
International Trade Admin. U.S. Information Agency
Library of Congress Voice of America
National Endowment for the Humanities 
 

Private and Non-profit Organizations

Advertising Agencies Libraries
Airlines/Airports Manufacturing Firms
American Friends Service Newspapers/Magazines
American Schools Abroad Pan American Health Organization
Amnesty International Project Hope
Banks Red Cross International
Book Publishers Retail Stores
CARE, Inc. School Systems
Civic Organizations Social Service Agencies
Clinics Television/Radio Stations
Colleges & Universities Travel Agencies
Consulting Firms United Nations
Hospitals/Clinics World Health Organization
Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts YMCA/YWCA
International Exchange Programs
 

Trade/Professional Associations

     1. World Trade Clubs (world trade clubs, centers, councils; international trade associations, etc.) – Examples: Washington International Trade Association; World Trade Center Miami; World Trade Club of St. Louis; Women in International Trade Chapters.
     2. Associations/Chambers of Commerce with regional/bi-Lateral interests – Examples: the German American Business Association; the British-American Chamber of Commerce; the U.S.-Russia Business Council.
     3. Associations Focused on International Logistics – Examples: National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association; Women in Transportation; Containerization & Intermodal Institute.
     4. Associations Supporting International Trade such as small business development centers/organizations, etc. – Examples: Coalition for Employment through Exports; Florida Trade Data Center.
     5. Associations Supporting Exporters – Examples: Small Business Exporters Association; National Association of Export Companies; Export Managers Association of California; National Association of Export Companies.
     6. Professional Associations – Examples: British Academy of Film & Television Arts Los Angeles; Foundation for International Meetings, International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association; American Translators Association
 

Potential Titles and Organizations

Account Coordinator, Ketchum Public Relations Expediter, CPS International
ADL Staff, Easter Seals Society Financial Services Trainee, Crum & Forster
Assistant Director of Marketing, Hyatt Hotels Language Analyst, National Security Agency
Assistant English Teacher, Japan Exchange Legal Assistant, Baker & McKenzie
Assistant Researcher, Princeton Survey Research Association Management Trainee, Chase Manhattan Bank
Associate Promotion Specialist, AT&T Network Systems Mortgage/Loan Associate, Roma Savings Bank
Bilingual Counselor, Monmouth County Social Services Pay/Receive Clerk, Banco di Sicilia
Communications Coordinator, Wella Corporation Principle Accounting Clerk, Vineland Public Health
Corporate Management Trainee, Hyatt Hotels Administrative Associate, Banque Francaise
Director, Pioneer Youth Center Sales Representative, Procter & Gamble
Editorial Assistant, Community Life News Teacher, New Brunswick Public Schools
Advisory Instructor, Teradata Corporation Manager, Reg. Market Planning, Spring Intern'l. (MSIS)
Asst. Deputy Public Defender, Public Defender's Office (JD) Online Editor, Hachette Filiapacchi Magazines
Attorney, IBM (JD) Owner, Film & Video Production Co.
Author/Freelance Copywriter, Don & Sue, Inc. President, Fintex Capstone Group, Inc. (MBA)
Branch Manager, NJ Savings Bank Quality Administrator, NJ Bd of Accountancy (MBA)
Certified Financial Planner, Insurance Planning Assoc. Research Associate, Heidnick Consultants (EEC-Economics)
Conference Interpreter, Self Employed (Certificate) Researcher, Hill & Knowlton Publishers (MA, Italian)
Consulting Education Analyst, NCR/Teradata (MA) Sales Representative, NCR Corp.
Curator, Walt Whitman House (MA, History) Senior Advisor, Canadian Geoexchange Coalition, (MBA)
Dir. of Education, World Vision (MA, Stud. Pers.) Senior Cataloger, Baker & Taylor Co. Headquarters (MLS)
Employee & Labor Relations Specialist, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, (MA, French) Senior Editor, KPMG PEAT MARWICK LLP
Executive Director, The Work-Family Connection Senior Marketing Specialist, Federal Express (MBA, International Business)
Export Regional Manager, AMETEK, Inc. (MBA) Social Worker, Hardyston Twp School (M.Ed. Social Work)
Financial Analyst, Lockheed Martin Corporation Special Asst. to Deputy Dir., Smithsonian Inst. (MA, French)
Human Resources Representative, JP Morgan Foreign Service Office, Department of State, Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan
 
 
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