In today’s competitive job market, many employers are looking for individuals who are able to speak more than one language. Increasing globalization means that the demand for people who can communicate across borders is higher than ever.
Learning another language can greatly expand your professional horizons - not only does it increase your chances of earning a higher salary, it opens up a world of opportunities for travel and will significantly enhance your skill set.
We’ve listed some of the best careers for bilinguals to help get you thinking about what’s possible for you.
This service is constantly required in places like hospitals, court houses, universities and immigration facilities, meaning there are plenty of diverse places to work for people who are able to communicate on behalf of others. What’s more, employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 17 percent over the next ten years - much faster than the average for all occupations.
2. Customer Service Representative
With many companies basing their call centers all over the world, multilingual customer service has become highly valued - sales representative positions are the top most in-demand for bilingual workers on monster.com.
Resolving issues over the phone can be difficult at the best of times, so employers are looking to hire people who can overcome language barriers and help them widen their customer base.
3. Hospitality Manager
Hotels, resorts and tourist attractions need bilingual speakers to communicate with visitors from all over the world - think desk clerks, concierges and hotel managers.
The three industries that rely almost entirely on tourism (accommodation, travel agencies/tour operators, air transport) employ 3.3 million people in the EU, so bilinguals have an excellent chance of finding good work in this growing sector.
4. Human Resources Specialist
Bilingual human resource specialists allow companies much more scope when it comes to hiring. A 2017 study by McKinsey & Company showed that ethnic diversity in the workplace was clearly correlated with profitability.
Multilingual speakers are invaluable in this field as they are able to hire candidates from other countries and cultures - an attractive prospect for globally expanding companies.
5. Flight Attendant
Being bilingual is a useful skill for anyone in the air transport industry, but especially so for flight attendants. With an increasing number of passengers and the rise of online reviews, many airlines are focusing on their customer service.This means hiring more multilingual staff members to improve inflight communications — in August 2018, the travel.com reported that airlines are prioritizing applicants fluent in Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and/or Portuguese.