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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

Government
Industry and Commerce
Travel and Tourism
Interpretation/Translation
Service and Education
Arts, Media and Entertainment 

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees


Typical Employers/Work Settings

Colleges/Universities   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
Manufacturers   Retail Stores
Environmental Firms   Advertising Agencies
Law Firms   Tour and Excursion Companies
Hotels/Motels   Resorts
Restaurants   Airlines/Airports
Cruise Lines   Car Rental Agencies
Hospitals   Museums
Book Publishers   Internet Media Companies
Radio Stations    

 

Match This Major To Careers

 

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Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com-Typical Salaries
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

 

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

Job Search Information

http://www.esljobs.com/
http://www.esljobsworld.com/
http://www.hispanic-jobs.com/
http://www.ihispano.com/
http://www.languagejobs.org/
http://www.latpro.com/
http://www.proz.com/
http://www.tefl.net/
http://www.translatorscafe.com/cafe/default.asp   

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

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