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 What Can You Do With A Major In French Studies?  

French is spoken on five continents by over 200 million people in 43 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. It is an official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, the International Red Cross, the International Monetary Fund, the Council of Europe, and European Union, and other international organizations. 

Typical Career Paths

Industry and Commerce
Travel and Tourism

Arts, Media, Entertainment

Typical Job Titles-Entry Level

French Teacher

Travel Agent

Travel Tour Organizer



Law Enforcement Agencies

Typical Job Titles- 2 Years Experience And/Or Master's Degree

FBI Agent 

Foreign Diplomat 

Foreign Affairs Officer 

French Professor 

Overseas Personnel Manager 



International Consultant 

International Trade    

General Career Directions

Bilingual Officers   Overseas Personnel Manager
Cultural Liaison   Overseas Plant Manager
Cultural Officer   Paralegal
FBI Agent   Public Health Administrator
Financial Institutes   Radio/TV Announcer
Foreign Diplomat   Reporter
Foreign Correspondent   Salesperson
Foreign Service Officer   Social Services
Human Resource Director   Social Worker
International Consultant   Sports Agent
International Trade Economist   Teacher
International Trade Specialist   Translator
Interpreter   Travel Agent
Law Enforcement Agencies   Travel Tour Organizer
Museum Curator    


Typical Employers/Work Settings


Colleges/Universities   Environmental Firms
Financial Institutes   Advertising Agencies
Government Agencies   Law Firms
Information Technology   Tour and Excursion Companies
Law Enforcement Agencies   Hotels/Motels
Media Companies   Resorts
Medical Companies   Restaurants
Overseas Corporations   Airlines/Airports
Social Services   Cruise Lines
Travel Agencies   Car Rental Agencies
Intelligence Agencies   Hospitals
Homeland Security   Museums
Department of Defense   Book Publishers
Banks and Financial Institutions   Internet Media Companies
Manufacturers   Radio Stations
Retail Stores    

Match This Major To Careers

Magnifying Glass And Exploration

Skills Needed For This Career

Speaking to groups   Reading/writing another language
Clarifying ideas   Writing clearly
Understanding historical language change   Explaining complex concepts
Reading critically   Interpreting data
Evaluating information   Evaluating evidence
Comparing translation interpretations   Gathering information
Working with original sources in many fields   Organizing material/information
Summarizing ideas   Compiling/recording data
Evaluating results   Collaborating as part of a team
Determining the needs of others   Acknowledging value systems
Listening carefully   Interviewing non-judgmentally
Designing instruments   Reporting and editing
Reading for content and structure   Working with research subjects
Communicating between cultures   Understanding cultural diversity
Adapting to other cultures   Weighing values

Beginning Salary Ranges Typical Salaries

Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $37,788-From the Summer 2011 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers)

Salary Resources  

Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Association of Teachers of French
American Translators Association
International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies 
National Association of Bilingual Education  

Job Search Information

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

The  College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  French Studies.

Holland Interest Codes

French Studies: Artistic; Social; Enterprising (ASE)

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service 
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Participate in campus activities that promote interaction with international students
  • Live and study abroad
  • Read international newspapers to stay current on happenings in your countries of choice
  • Research companies that do business with countries that speak French
  • Learn a third language for increased career opportunities
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice