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Career Opportunities for Multilingual People – The Perks of Speaking in Many Tongues.

Language hobbyists have enough reason to rejoice. Learning and speaking in many different languages has come of age and offers unique and exciting career opportunities. Multilingual jobs have seen people migrating to offshore locations and adapting seamlessly to a different environment. Going by recruitment trends and statistics, speaking a single language is clearly outmoded and there is a great need for mastering a foreign language. There are lucrative job opportunities for those who speak a different language or many different languages, and these have the potential to influence the world in a big way.

Multilingual careers for language enthusiasts

While English is the predominant language of communication and connectivity, it is still not the major world language. There are several other languages that are spoken, written, and used by millions worldwide every day.  German, Arabic, Spanish, Esperanto, Dutch, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Catalan, Burmese, and Afrikaans- these and many more are spoken across borders and offer attractive careers. Major career choices are as language teachers, journalists, translators, interpreters, ambassadors, diplomats, technical advisor, and voluntary workers. But that’s not all. You’ll find that being multilingual has its own perks in job search as it gives you an added competitive edge. Here are some major job opportunities that you’ll have as a multilingual person.

Language teachers

When you are proficient in a foreign language, you are in a position to teach others. Whether as a part of the school curriculum or corporate skill development, both students and professionals are taught foreign languages. As a trainer, you are expected to possess high degrees of language proficiency and several years of experience in training and teaching.


Journalism is one of the best jobs for multilingual people and the knowledge of more than one language is always a handy tool. Not only does this take the journalist closer to real people and events but also designs more accurate news and reports.


It is a common thing for high-profile foreign delegates to be accompanied by interpreters who aid them in conversing with other foreign officials who speak a different tongue.  Interpreters are employed by embassies as well as corporate agencies to cut the best deals. This is why their job becomes not just financially lucrative, but nationally important as well.


Although close to the job of an interpreter, a translator can additionally choose to convert literary artifacts from one language to another and hence connect two different cultures and societies.


It is imperative that ambassadors know and are fluent in the language of the country they are visiting. Whether the French diplomat is visiting the Burmese prime minister or the other way around, knowledge of both French and Burmese are mandatory.

All these careers opportunities for multilingual people are rewarding and dignified. So the next time you pick up a foreign language course, remember to pursue it to build a truly global career.


One thought on “Career Opportunities for Multilingual People – The Perks of Speaking in Many Tongues.

  1. While it is an advantage to know another language, it is another thing to be able to make your living as an interpreter/ translator. As Galnara pointed out, the competition is fierce even for experienced, competent translators.
    There was a time when I could earn a decent wage as a translator competing with other American translators,
    but now I am competing with a global market.
    Translators in third world countries offer their services for as low as 3 cents a word. While this is a good wage for translators in these impoverished countries, it is not a decent wage for Americans.
    The other point is, that besides knowing a second or third language, a translator must be very knowledgeable in a certain area, such as medical legal, technology etc..
    A formal education in translating is needed but it is not cheap. In addition to education a translator needs years of experience to compete in the market.
    I believe you should encourage bilingual speakers to persue a career in translation but you should provide them with all the challenges that this entails.


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