FLL Careers

Wondering what doors your second language skills might open?

Every passing day the world is becoming more and more like a global village and communication among human beings has become increasingly important. Language is the most efficient tool in resolving communication barriers because "it is the medium that makes communication with others in the social environment possible."

The foreign language specialist engages in translating, interpreting, or teaching in one or more foreign languages. The specialist ordinarily possesses and uses a knowledge of the literature, culture, and historical development of the country in which the language is used.

In addition to pursuing a job in which the primary focus is the use of another language, many opportunities exist for the use of additional language skills in other career areas such as Medicine, Law, etc. The following are just a few examples of various career and job options in which foreign language skills could be useful - or perhaps as a primary or secondary condition of employment.

Job Opportunities

Advertising Copywriter Intelligence Researcher
Airport Personnel International Conference Planner
Archivist International Consultant
CIA/FBI Agent International Trade Specialist
Columnist/Reporter Investment Banker
Community Affairs Specialist Librarian
Court Interpreter Market Research Specialist
Cultural Affairs Officer Marketing/Sales Representative
Customer Service Representative Peace Corps/Vista Worker
Customs/Immigration Officer Proofreader
Editor/Writer Public Health Administrator
Employee Relations Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Flight Attendant Radio/TV announcer
Foreign Correspondent Social Worker
Foreign Film Specialist Teacher
Foreign Service Officer Tour Organizer/Guide
Foreign Student Advisor Translator
Health Care Provider Travel Agent
Import/Export Specialist UNESCO Official


Types of Employers

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


Government Agencies

Agency for International Development Library of Congress
Bureau of Export Administration National Endowment for the Humanities
Bureau of Intelligence & Research National Security Agency
Bureau of International Labor Affairs Office of International Affairs
CIA/FBI Office of International Cooperation & Development
Defense Intelligence Agency Office of International Education
Department of Defense Office of International Policy & Programs
Drug Enforcement Administration Peace Corps/VISTA
Foreign Agricultural Service Telecommunications Satellite Organization
Foreign Commercial Service US Customs Service
Foreign Service US Department of State
Immigration & Naturalization Service US Information Agency
International Trade Administration Voice of America