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JOB SEARCH / APR. 17, 2014
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How to use Language Skills to Find a job

Most individuals who love linguistics will usually become teachers so that they can share their skill and passion with others. There are different types of teaching and they all have varying requirements from one occupation to the other. For example, if you want to be a French teacher, you have to figure out which age group you are going to teach. The choices you have might include:

  •          Early childhood
  •          Kindergarten
  •          1 to 6 grade
  •          7 to 12 grade
  •          College
  •          Continuing education for adults

Foreign Language Teacher

The basic prerequisite for all teachers including those who teach a foreign language is certification. The certification process is not the same for all age groups and it also differs from state to state and country to country. Additionally, along with a certificate, the prospective teacher will need a Bachelor’s Degree. Continuing education for adults tends to have the most basic requirements. You may not need a Bachelor’s Degree or certification in this case. However, with certification and a degree, you would probably receive higher wages, no matter what subject you are teaching.  

ESL Teachers

ESL involves teaching English a second language. You can choose to work in your country or a foreign country. ESL is particularly in demand overseas. However, there are students who come to the United States from other countries and English is their second language. Most schools hire ESL teachers to fill this need.


You can use your language skills to become a translator. You have the option to work in an embassy overseas or in a company that offers translation service. There is so much flexibility in this particular job. You can work as a freelancer, consultant or an employee.


While similar to translation, being an interpreter is a little different. Both of them involve the transfer of language interpretation, but the difference is in how they are both done. Translation is performed in written form while interpretation is generally done with verbal communication. The Internet and other technology make it easier to work as either an interpreter or translator from the comfort of your home. If you speak English and Spanish fluently, you can find a job in your native or another foreign country quite easily. An interpreter transfers from one language to another. You will find them working in the tourism industry and government entities such as NATO and the United Nations. The interpreter will listen to a public speaker through a pair of headphones and then do the voice interpretation into a microphone or the interpreter might take notes and then interpret it once the speaker is finished with the speech.

Both an interpreter and translator have to meet certain requirements such as:

  •          Certification
  •          Language degree
  •          Field specialisation (medicine, law, finance or others)
  •          Membership in a related organization

Flight Attendant or Pilot

Do you love traveling? Well, if you do and are fluent in multiple languages, you could work in the travel industry as a flight attendant or pilot. You would get to travel the world. You will be able to communicate with passengers in their language and to the ground control at airports.

Tour Guide

If you love the outdoors, you can become a tour guide in a museum or historic building. You can also work with a company that provides packaged tours to visitors. These might include hiking trips or boat rides. In addition, there are also closely linked jobs in the hospitality field such as hotels, ski resorts and restaurants overseas.

The sky is the limit of what you can do with your language skills. These are only some of the choices, so you have a variety of options to consider. So, what do you think of the idea of using your language skills to land one of the jobs outlined above? Do you have any other jobs to add in the list?

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