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French Major

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Possible Job Titles

Foreign languages help prepare you to work in many types of jobs. For example, you may want to major in a particular foreign language and become certified to teach. This would enable you to take a job either teaching that foreign language, teaching English as a foreign language, or teaching in a bilingual setting. Combining languages with the study of business can help prepare the student for jobs in foreign commerce, including banking, marketing, import-export, purchasing, finance, advertising, consulting, etc. Included among the numerous professions in which a knowledge of foreign languages can be helpful are the following: government service, social work, architecture, engineering, journalism, public relations, library service, archaeology, philosophy, medicine, the travel industry, telecommunications, music, theater, and research scholarship.


  • Economist
  • Insurance adjuster
  • Technical writer, corporate publications
  • International marketing analyst
  • District sales manager
  • Staff human relations training coordinator
  • Management consultant
  • Customer support specialist
  • Patent attorney*
  • Technical translator
  • Overseas representative
  • Travel planner
  • Bank administrator
  • Hotel manager

Government/Public Sector

  • Volunteer recruiter, Peace Corps
  • Social science analyst*
  • International education specialist,
  • Agency for International Development
  • Securities examiner*
  • Criminologist
  • Mediator trainee
  • Translator/interpreter
  • Customs inspector
  • Import specialist
  • International relations officer,
  • Commerce Department
  • National Security Agency linguist/analyst
  • Foreign Service officer, Department of State

Health/Human Services

  • Director, health and human resources
  • International health care systems analyst*
  • Counseling psychologist*
  • Psychiatrist*
  • Physician*
  • Cataloger
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science information research specialist*
  • Director, international airport visitors center
  • Youth program leader
  • Bioengineer*


  • Exchange student
  • Conservator
  • Teacher
  • Professor*
  • Librarian*
  • Guidance counselor*
  • Intellectual properties attorney*
  • Coordinator, cultural arts center
  • Publisher, foreign language books
  • Foreign film distributor*
  • Guidebook writer
  • Abstractor
  • Editor of foreign publications


  • Announcer (radio, TV)
  • Booking agent
  • Road manager
  • International Trade economist
  • Translator, computer
  • Immigration inspector
  • Intelligence specialist
  • Tour guide
  • Foreign language translator
  • Special agent/FBI
  • Training instructor
  • Foreign information officer
  • Foreign tax accountant
  • Employment interviewer
  • Language researcher
  • Interpreter
  • Anthropologist
  • Customs inspector
  • International broadcaster
  • Case worker
  • Writer/technical publications
  • News writer/foreign languages
  • International Relations spec.
  • Interviewer & claims adjuster
  • Foreign exch. program dir.
  • Community organization worker
  • Manager, Industrial development
  • Teacher/second language,
  • Flight attendant
  • Foreign student advisor

*Denotes additional education required

Typical Places of Employment

  • Airports
  • Government agencies
  • Public relations firms
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Hotel chains
  • Consumer Affairs Office
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Vista
  • Investment firms
  • Foreign Service Dept.
  • United Nations
  • Fed. Communications
  • Air, bus, and rail lines
  • Peace Corps
  • News bureaus
  • Commerce Dept.
  • Visitors & convention bureaus
  • National Archives
  • Public service organizations
  • Agency of International Dvpmt.
  • Import/export companies
  • Education Dept.
  • Travel agencies
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Advertising dept. & agencies
  • Immigration & Nat. service
  • Banks/savings & commercialLibrary of Congress

Typical Work Activities

  • Teaching, explaining
  • Enlightening, guiding
  • Helping
  • Selecting & training
  • Informing, organizing
  • Solving problems, leading discussions

Additional Info in Career Services

These publications must be used in the "Browsing" Library of Career Services. There are also many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices that you may take with you.

  • Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados and Other Multilingual Types
  • Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors
  • Translating and Interpreting Programs in North America
  • Opportunities in Foreign Language Careers

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major- For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network

Amanda Baker May 2006 Supreme Court of the United States Federal Police Officer
Andrew W. Hanson May 2003 Osprey Property Company Developement Manager
John Heath May 2005 KPMG LLP Senior Associate- IT Auditor

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