There is a world of opportunities in a wide variety of professions
for someone who is bilingual.
There is a growing demand for MBA graduates who are proficient in
a foreign language. In international banking, in accounting for
multinational corporations, in international law, to name only a
few areas, there is a growing demand for foreign language proficiency.
There is a rapidly increasing need for bilingual secretaries and
directors of marketing. The import exportbusiness is wide open to
people who know their way around the world.
Rewarding, high-paying careers in the Armed Services, the State
Department, Department of Commerce, the International Communication
Agency, and the FBI require proficiency in a foreign language.
Social work, law enforcement, jurisprudence, the courts, prison
systems, and many state agencies need bilingual professionals desperately,
and many of the positions pay very well. A bilingual court reporter/interpreter,
for example, may earn $50 to $100 per hour.
Elementary schools in our region need bilingual teachers on a regular
basis. In the period 1995-99, bilingual teachers have been one of
the most sought after categories. There is a regular demand for
high school language teachers, and our universities need skilled,
motivated, intelligent professors of language.
International relief agencies are in constant need of well-prepared
professionals who can function well in the multilingual setting.
Churches prefer to send missionaries who have had foreign language
Learning a language is learning to communicate in a new cultural
dimension, thus providing important insights into the world in which
we live. The learning of a second language fosters a sense of shared
humanity with a race or nation that may previously have seemed somewhat
alien. Citizens who understand the significance of cultural differences
and intercultural communication are more able to understand the
issues that face the struggle of a democracy to protect and extend
freedom, and thus the study of other languages and cultures contributes
to good citizenship. Besides that, it is just plain exciting to
realize that you have acquired the ability to communicate with millions
of people whose natural lives were previously a closed book.