Career Resources

There are many different career options for a language learner. Certain jobs, such as translation and teaching, require foreign language proficiency and often an advanced degree, but the ability to speak another language can be a major advantage in a number of other fields as well. The information below is meant to help foreign language students learn more about their career options and find employment in their field.

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Undergraduate/Graduate Employment

Independent Translation Work

The links below are for those seeking part-time, independent translation work. These sites will match you directly with clients, without the need to spend time advertising.

On Campus Employment

The following are employment opportunities with the University of Colorado. Those seeking experience while still in school are advised to consider part-time employment as a means of honing their foreign language skills.

Local Employment Resources

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Translation and Interpretation

Translation and Interpretation (T&I) are growing and exciting fields for those who are dedicated to the nuances of language. Translators and interpreters can work in-house for translation agencies, the government, non-profit organizations or larger international companies. Other translators and interpreters freelance from their home. Often a certification or an advanced degree is required for employment at a larger firm.

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Domestic Government

Canada

International Organizations

Private Sector

There are many jobs available in private organizations, however, these positions are often one-time occurrences. To find a job with a private company, one is advised to search by job-type. Some examples are linked below:

Translation

Translators may find employment with a translation company such as Cyracom or with companies such as Amazon which may be in need of translation services.

Localization

Localization is the process of translating and adapting a product to suit the language and cultural needs of another country or region. There is growing demand for these services from software and game developers, and while some companies do require in-house translators, they are rare. However, there are a number of translation companies which specialize in localization, and could be approached directly. (E.g. Straker Translations, which provides translation services for multiple corporations but hires their own translators since their customers do not need a full-time translator on staff.)

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Teaching

If you are interested in a career as a language teacher, the path that you will need take is determined by your audience of instruction. To teach K-12, you will need a teaching certification from the state in which you live. University teaching positions require a Master's degree to teach general language classes, while a Doctorate is required to teach advanced literature classes. There are alternate paths that can help you to determine if you are indeed interested in pursuing an advanced degree (e.g. teaching abroad or working with organizations such as Teach for America).

Employment Resources

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Alternative Careers

Fields and Organizations

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Business

Language-Specific Business Options

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Resources and Networking

Foreign Language Organizations

Translation and Interpretation Organizations

Foreign Language Education and Technology

Online Networking

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Resume Building

Although CVs are common in many parts of the world, in the United States resumes are by far the most common experience-presentation document. The following links are meant to help provide guidance for those looking to build or update their resume.

Resume Resources

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