Modern Languages

(including French, German, and Spanish)

Studying a foreign language enables you to examine the framework of another culture firsthand. Specialists in modern languages become teachers, translators, interpreters, or language consultants. Foreign language study can also lead to careers in the State Department, Defense Department, U.S. Information Agency, CIA, National Security Agency, and many other government agencies. American companies engaged in international business often seek employees with a knowledge of a second language. Other opportunities exist in such areas as tourism, journalism, library science, computer technology, and a range of related academic, professional, and service fields.

Related career titles

Bilingual educator
Civil service worker
College/University professor*
Community affairs specialist
Court interpreter
Customs/ immigration officer
Foreign correspondent
Foreign diplomat
Foreign exchange trader
Foreign service officer
Intelligence specialist
Language consultant
Peace corps worker
Travel agent

*Additional training required for these occupations

Resources available at the Career Center*

Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados and Other Multilingual Types
Careers in Foreign Languages
Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors
International Jobs: Where They Are, How to Get Them
Opportunities in Foreign Language Careers
Opportunities in Overseas Careers
Opportunities in Teaching English to Other Languages
Opportunities in Travel Careers

*Books are available for checkout.

Related modern languages links

K-State Department of Modern Languages

American Association for Applied Linguistics

The American Association of Language Specialists

American Institute for Foreign Study

American Translators Association

Center for Applied Linguistics

Institute of International Education

Modern Language Association

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators

The United Nations Information Center

The Linguist List