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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Foreign Languages

 

Introduction

The study of foreign languages focuses on learning about the language, linguistics, literature, and culture of that program. The ability to speak another language fluently can be an asset in today's global world of work. Employment opportunities exist in many career fields and employment sectors for graduates with a foreign language.

Foreign Language graduates pursue careers in business, education, government, and the Nonprofit sector, and some pursue advanced degrees. Future career options may be determined not so much by the choice of your college major, but by your interests, skills, values, and types of work experiences acquired during college. Regardless of your career aspirations, increase your marketability to employers through internships, related work experience, good grades, advanced coursework, and involvement in campus activities. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills, accomplishments, and related work experience while in school.


A Sample Of Related Occupations

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

Types of Employers

  

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Airlines/Airports Colleges/Universities Retail Stores
American Friends Service Consulting Firms School Systems
American Schools Abroad Hospitals Social Service Agencies
Amnesty Int'l. Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts Television/Radio Stations
Banks Int'l. Exchange Programs Travel Agencies
Book Publishers Libraries UNESCO
CARE, Inc Manufacturing Firms United Nations
Civic Organizations Newspapers/Magazines World Health Organization
Clinics Pan American Health Org. YMCA/YWCA

  

Government Agencies
Agency for Int'l. Development Foreign Commercial Service Office of Int'l. Affairs
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Foreign Service Office of Int'l. Policy & Programs
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Homeland Security Office of Refugee Resettlement
Bureau of Int'l. Labor Affairs Immigration & Customs Enforcement Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Bureau of Intelligence & Research Institute of Int'l. Education Radio Free Asia
CIA/FBI Institute of Peace Telecommunications Satellite Organization
Commission on International Religious Freedom Int'l Broadcasting Bureau U.S. Customs Service
Committee on Foreign Investments in the US Int'l. Trade Administration U.S. Department of State
Customs and Border Protection Inter-American Foundation U.S. Information Agency
Defense Intelligence Agency Library of Congress U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Department of Defense NJ Int'l. Trade Division Voice of America
Department of Education NJ Travel & Tourism Division Woodrow Wilson Int'l Center for Scholars
Drug Enforcement Administration National Endowment for the Humanities .
Foreign Agricultural Service National Security Agency .

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates

  

First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Foreign Languages
Organization Job Title
Ketchum Public Relations Account Coordinator
Easter Seals Society ADL Staff
Hyatt Hotels Assistant Director of Marketing
Japan Exchange Assistant English Teacher
Princeton Survey Research Association Assistant Researcher
AT&T Network Systems Associate Promotion Specialist
Monmouth County Social Services Bilingual Counselor
NextSource Career Broker
Wella Corporation Communications Coordinator
Hyatt Hotels Corporate Management Trainee
Pioneer Youth Center Director
Community Life News Editorial Assistant
CPS International Expediter
Liz Claiborne International Marketing Coordinator
NCrum & ForsterULL Financial Services Trainee
National Security Agency Language Analyst
Baker & McKenzie Legal Assistant
Cambridge University Press Marketing Associate
Chase Management Trainee
Roma Savings Bank Mortgage/Loan Associate
Banco di Sicilia Pay/Receive Clerk
Vineland Public Health Principle Accounting Clerk
Banque Francaise Receptionist
Procter & Gamble Sales Representative
New Brunswick Public Schools Teacher

  

Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Foreign Languages
Organization Job Title
Lakewood Prep (MA French) Academic Dean
The City College of New York Adjunct Lecturer
Rutgers School of Law-Camden (JD) Adjunct Professor
Teradata Corporation Advisory Instructor
Public Defender's Off. (JD) Asst. Deputy Public Defender
IBM (JD) Attorney
Don & Sue, Inc. Author/Freelance Copywriter
NJ Savings Bank Branch Manager
Standard & Poor’s Business Analyst
Accel Partners Chief Financial Officer
Insurance Planning Assoc. Certified Financial Planner
NCR/Teradata (MA) Conference Consulting Education Analyst
NCR/Teradata (MA) Consulting Education Analyst
Foster Wheeler, Inc (JD) Corporate Counsel
Walt Whitman House (MA History) Curator
Planned Parenthood (MA Stud. Pers.) Dir. of Education
IRS Office of Chief Counsel, (MA French) Employee & Labor Relations Specialist
The Work-Family Connection Executive Director
AMETEK, Inc. (MBA) Export Regional Manager
Lockheed Martin Corporation Financial Analyst
Lord Corporation Global Marketing Manager
JP Morgan Human Resources Representative
Land Use & Planning, NJ Transit (Transp. Plng.) Manager
Multinational Account Development, American Express Manager
Reg. Market Planning, Sprint Intern'l. (MSIS) Manager
Hachette Filiapacchi Magazines Online Editor
The Knot, Inc. Online Editor
Film & Video Production Co. Owner
Fintex Capstone Group, Inc. (MBA) President
NJ Bd of Accountancy (MBA) Quality Administrator
Heidnick Consultants (EEC-Economics) Research Assoc.
Hill & Knowlton Publishers (MA Italian) Researcher
NCR Corp. Sales Representative
Canadian Geoexhange Coalition, (MBA) Senior Advisor
Baker & Taylor Co. (MLS) Senior Cataloger
KPMG PEAT MARWICK LLP Senior Editor
Federal Express (MBA International Business) Senior Marketing Specialist
Hardyston Twp. School (M.Ed. Social Work) Social Worker
Smithsonian Inst. (MA French) Special Asst. to Deputy Dir
Caswell-Massey Store Manager
UJB Financial Systems Analyst
Villa Walsh Academy (MA French) Teacher
NJ Dept. of Personnel (M.Ed.) Training Specialist

Graduate Schools Attended

  

Institution Degree Field
Cardiff University MA International Journalism
Fordham University PhD Clinical Psychology
Harvard University JD Law
Indiana University – Bloomington MBA Marketing
McGill University MBA Business
New England College of Optometry MD Optometry
New York University MA Digital Imaging & Design
New York University MA Speech Pathology & Audiology
New York University PhD French Literature
Rutgers University JD Law
Rutgers University M.Ed. Elementary Education
Rutgers University M.Ed. Foreign Language Education
Rutgers University MA Library Science
Rutgers University PhD Educational Administration
Rutgers University PhD Language Education
Syracuse University Law School JD Law
UMDNJ MD Neurology
University of California PhD Comparative Literature
University of Houston JD Law
University of Pennsylvania MBA Business Administration
Yale University PhD Economics

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