Jobs that Benefit from Learning a Second Language

There are certain career paths where you can benefit immensely from fluency in a second language. Knowing a second language can open up doors for opportunities of advancement and can even help you get a raise. Here are some of the best jobs to have if you’re bilingual or learning a new language.

A person who knows and effectively uses multiple languages is called a polyglot, and this definitely has advantages for corporate success. In fact, those in the workforce who know a second language fluently can expect an additional 10 to 15 percent pay increase, according to founder and CEO of BRIC Language Systems Ryan McMunn, as quoted on US News and World Report.

Teacher or Tutor: The biggest advantage of learning more than one language is the ability to pass on that knowledge to others. You have many options for being a teacher, either traditionally in a classroom setting, or as a private or online tutor.

Interpreter: When you facilitate communication between two or more parties, you are “bridging” the gap. Whether it’s for heads of state or leaders of overseas corporations, the role of interpreter is an important one. You can help them communicate effectively with one another so they can make key transactions, agreements and mergers. These important events stem from a true understanding of one another.

Translator: Being a translator is a versatile position to be in. You can work from home, from a Starbucks table or in an office. To translate a piece of text, you have to go through it word by word and make it understandable to your target audience. As a translator, you would translate from a second language into your native tongue. For example, a native Mandarin speaker who also speaks fluent English would be able to translate English into Mandarin Chinese. Their work is largely done behind the scenes as they painstakingly convert words, thoughts and intentions into a second language.

There are many types of translators, including:

  • Legal: These translators convert text in legal contexts, via contracts, legal documents, protocols, decrees, decisions, depositions, and minutes of proceedings.
  • Medical: These translators work with physicians on interpreting their diagnoses, treatment plans, surgery notes, patient information and medication instructions. Essentially, they take a written text or dictation and make it clear to the reader.

Podcaster or YouTuber: You can create your own podcast or YouTube channel and host your own radio show or language-learning TV show.

Blogger: If you’re a world traveler, language lover and people lover, why not try blogging? Talk about the best ways to learn new languages and cultures, share photos of your globetrotting ways and connect with your readers on a personal level. Being conversational is a great way to become even better at your craft. Once you get really good, you can start booking speaking engagements too.

If any of these careers sounds interesting but you have yet to know a second – or third or fourth language – get started with BRIC Language Systems today.