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



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

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Foreign Languages
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

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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

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