What Can You Do With A Major In Spanish?


Individuals who are skilled in more than one language are at a high advantage in today's job market. Specializing in a foreign language requires knowledge of the literature, the culture, and the historical development of the country in which the language is used. Other than positions in translating, interpreting, or teaching, the skill of knowledge in more than one language is seen as a secondary skill.


Typical Career Paths

Industry and Commerce
Travel and Tourism
Service and Education
Arts, Media and Entertainment


Some Related Career Titles

(To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library. 


Entry Level Jobs 

Bilingual Officers

Law Enforcement  Agencies


Museum Curator



Sales Services



Travel Agent


2 Years Minimum Experience and/or Master Degree 

CIA/FBI Agent 

Foreign Diplomat 

International Consultant 

International Trade Economist 

Overseas Personnel Manager 

Overseas Plant Manager 







General Career Directions

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


Typical Employers/Work Settings

Financial Institutes
Government Agencies
Information Technology
Law Enforcement Agencies
Media Companies
Medical Companies
Overseas Corporations
Social Services
Travel Agencies
Intelligence Agencies
Homeland Security
Department of Defense
Banks and Financial Institutions
Retail Stores
Environmental Firms
Advertising Agencies
Law Firms
Tour and excursion companies
Cruise Lines
Car Rental Agencies
Book Publishers
Internet Media Companies
Radio Stations

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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the summer 2011 NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Salary Survey, the average starting salary for Foreign Language graduates was $37,788.
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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 translations interpretations

Gathering information

Working with original sources in many fields

Organizing materials/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

Establishing hypotheses

Reading for content and structure

Working with research subjects

Communicating between cultures

Understanding cultural diversity

Assessing needs

Adapting to other cultures

Weighing values


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 Spanish and Portuguese
American Translators Association
International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies 
National Association of Bilingual Education

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

International Federation of Translators


Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases

Spanish Jobs:  http://www.spanishjobs.net 

http://www.eslherald.com- Teaching Jobs Overseas



Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Arts in Spanish and other related programs
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
University of Florida
University of Miami
National Programs - Master of Arts in Spanish and other related programs
Auburn University
University of Alabama
Other resources for graduate program research



Link to UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Spanish   


Holland Codes

Spanish- Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)

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