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Careers in the Sanskrit Language

Though considered a dead language by some, there are a few job possibilities for people who speak and understand Sanskrit. We will discuss a number of them in the article.

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Career Options Involving the Sanskrit Language

Sanskrit is an ancient language that used to be spoken widely across India and the surrounding region. However, very few people speak it natively today. Though there are not many people who know or speak Sanskrit, there are still a few job opportunities for people who are able to speak and understand the language. In the sections below, we will explore several different career paths for people fluent in Sanskrit.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Interpreter/Translator $46,120 29%
Technical Writer $69,850 10%
Customer Service Representative $32,300 10%
Postsecondary Teacher $75,430 13%
Anthropologist $63,190 4%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs Involving the Sanskrit Language

Interpreter/Translator

Interpreters and translators are fluent in at least two or more languages. Interpreters work with spoken language and convert it to a second language. Translators work with the written word and translate late it from one language to another. They may translate books and articles to reach greater audiences. For an individual who is fluent in both English and Sanskrit, they could qualify for a job as an interpreter and/or translator. Because not many people still speak Sanskrit today, they may end up translating materials more often than interpreting. To become one of these professionals, you generally need a bachelor's degree and must be fluent in English and another language.

Technical Writer

Technical writers are responsible for writing various technical articles, instruction manuals, and how-to guides. These documents often come alone with furniture or devices that require at-home assembly or user manuals for electronic equipment. Because some of the world's population does speak Sanskrit, technical writers who can write in Sanskrit may be needed to produce these technical documents. To become a technical writer, you generally need some sort of college degree in a field like communications or journalism, though degrees in computer science and technology may be helpful if you want to write within that field.

Customer Service Representative

Customer service representatives (CSR) are employed by companies and businesses and are responsible for fielding calls from customers, processing orders, and answering questions. They may help a customer solve a problem or handle a complaint. Some customers may speak Sanskrit, which means representatives able to speak Sanskrit would be extremely helpful for certain companies. To become a CSR, you typically only need a high school diploma and complete on-the-job training.

Postsecondary Teacher

Postsecondary teachers work in colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning. These teachers generally specialize in a certain topic or field. Some universities may offer courses in Sanskrit for students studying languages or linguistics, in which case having a professor of Sanskrit would be necessary. To become a postsecondary teacher, you generally need at least a master's degree in a field closely related to what you plan to teach.

Anthropologist

Anthropologists are interested in studying different cultures, languages, and people groups around the world. They may analyze different artifacts and documents to gain a better understanding of the past. For an anthropologist working in an area of the world that speaks or spoke Sanskrit, having knowledge of the language would be helpful in their analysis process. They may uncover old manuscripts or artifacts that contain Sanskrit that they would need to understand. Anthropologists generally need a master's or Ph.D. degree in anthropology.

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