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5 of the best jobs for bilinguals and polyglots

Post Author Take1 / May 12th 2016


One of the key advantages of speaking more than one language is that it can give you a strong edge over other candidates when you’re applying for jobs. More and more employers are seeking bilingual employees that can help them to open up into global markets or welcome in global clientele. If you speak a second language, here are just a few of the key industries in which your skill set is highly desirable

  • Hospitality: Establishments such as hotels, spas, resorts, and restaurants regularly receive visitors and guests from all walks of life. Whilst many people do speak English, nothing helps a tourist to feel at home in a foreign country like being greeted by someone who speaks their mother tongue. Languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Japanese are among some of the best ones to learn if you want to work in the hospitality industry.
  • Health care: Hospitals, especially those in larger cities, can treat people from a variety of different cultures who may not speak English as their first language. Having to receive medical attention in a foreign country is stressful enough, but if everything is being communicated to you in a different language it adds to the stress. Whether you’re a doctor, nurse, receptionist, or porter, if you can speak a second language you will be a valuable asset to any medical establishment.
  • Law enforcement: A large aspect of law enforcement is public relations. You want the residents in the area to feel safe as police officers patrol the streets and you want them to have confidence in the judicial system, but if they have migrated here from another country and don’t speak English as their first language they make struggle to develop that faith and respect in the law. Being able to speak to ethnic minorities within the community in their mother tongues makes the community a safer and happier place.
  • Journalism: Advancements in technology and internet speeds means that news is able to be reported from all over the world almost instantly. As a journalist who speaks a second language, you’re able to go straight to the source of the news without the need for a translator, enabling you to present the facts quickly and concisely.
  • Translation: The growing global market requires more and more people who are able to translate both verbal conversations and interviews, and written documentation into other languages. Translators help to bridge the cultural gap between nations, and open up popular media such as books, films, and TV shows to new audiences.


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