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CWU World Languages Department

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Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of current job titles of former World Language majors. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider. 

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree. 

Related Career Titles
AccountantAdvertising ManagerAdvertising Copywriter
Air Traffic AssistantArchivistArt Dealer
AuditorBanking CorrespondentBilingual Officers/Clerks and Tellers
Bilingual EducatorBookkeeperCivil Service Employee
Commercial Loan OfficerComputer Systems DesignerConsultant
CopywriterCourt InterpreterCultural Attaché
Cultural OfficerCustoms /Immigration OfficerDrug Enforcement Agent
EditorEscort/Interpreter/GuideTravel Agent Tour Organizer
TranslatorTransport EquipmentManager
Travel WriterUNESCO OfficialWriter
ProfessorInterpreterFBI Agent
FilmmakerFinance DirectorFinancial Planning Assoc
Foreign DiplomatForeign CorrespondentForeign Exchange Trader
Foreign Service OfficerForeign ServicePeacekeeper
Foreign Service SpecialistForeign Social WorkerFund-Raiser
Human Resources DirectorImporter/ExporterIntelligence Researcher
Intelligence SpecialistIntn'l Account ManagerInternational Banking Officer
Intent'l Conference PlannerInternational ConsultantInternational Hotel Admin
International TradeEconomistIntern'l Trade Specialist
Scientific Transl/InterpreterSenior Credit AnalystSports Agent
TeacherTelecommunications SalesTESO/ESL Teacher
Theme DesignerInvestment AnalystJournalist
Laboratory TechnicianLawyerLibrary Technician
LinguistMedia SpecialistMissionary
Multi-Lingual Port ReceptionistMuseum CuratorMusician
National Security AgentNegotiatorOverseas Personnel Manager
Overseas Plant ManagerParalegalPeace Corps Volunteer
Performer/Video ArtistPharmaceutical RepPharmacist
Police OfficerPoliticianProduction Supervisor
ProofreaderPublic Health AdministratorPublishing Specialist
Quality Control SupervisorRadio/TV AnnouncerReporter
SalespersonScientific Linguist 

Related Major Skills
Speaking to groupsClarifying ideas
Understanding historical language changeReading critically
Evaluating informationComparing translations interpretations
Working with original sources in many fieldsSummarizing ideas
Evaluating resultsDetermining the needs of others
Listening carefullyReading/writing another language
Writing clearlyExplaining complex concepts
Interpreting dataEvaluating evidence
Gathering informationOrganizing materials/information
Compiling/recording dataCollaborating as part of a team
Acknowledging value systemsInterviewing non-judgmentally
Reporting and editingReading for content and structure
Communicating between culturesAssessing needs
Weighing valuesDesigning instruments
Establishing hypothesesWorking with research subjects
Understanding cultural diversityAdapting to other cultures

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