Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds in various situations
  • Reading critically
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Communicating between cultures
  • Evaluating information
  • Ability to translate
  • Collaborating as part of a team
  • Reporting and editing


  • Advertising Manager
  • Art Dealer
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Court Interpreter
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Director of Study Abroad Programs
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • ESL Teacher
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Advisor/Study Abroad Advisor
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Hotel Manager
  • Importer/Exporter
  • International Banking Officer
  • Journalist
  • Language Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Linguist
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Pharmaceutical Rep.
  • Professor
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Teacher
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Travel Agent
  • Writer


  • Educational Institutions
  • Corporate Firms (in US and in Foreign Countries)
  • Commercial Language Schools
  • Government Agencies
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Translation Agencies
  • Broadcasting Companies
  • Museums
  • Publishers
  • Hospitals

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - U.S. Department of State -American Counsel on the Teaching of Foreign Languages - American Translators Association (ATA) - The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese - Association of American Schools in South America - Council on Foreign Relations - Occupational Outlook Handbook


Career Development Center - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in the not-for-profits - Opportunities around the globe - International job opportunities for professionals, expatriates & adventure seekers - Work, Volunteer and Teach Abroad - Jobs in the federal government - Job opportunities for students within the Federal Government - Federal jobs and internships - Jobs with the U.S. Department of State - The Peace Corps - Explore a career with the United Nations - International jobs and internships - Teacher placement and support agency for schools South Korea, Taiwan and China

Additional Resources for Working and Volunteering Abroad

Additional Resources Available at the CDC