Jobs that Involve Spanish

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages on Earth, and in the U.S. the number of Spanish speakers will continue to increase rapidly. This article provides job descriptions, educational requirements, salary information and projected job growth for several careers involving Spanish.

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Career Options that Involve Spanish

If you are a Spanish speaker, there are many career options you could pursue in fields as diverse as medicine, law, the military, education, agriculture, hospitality, and law enforcement. Having Spanish language skills makes candidates more marketable in many professions and sectors; these skills also afford job seekers opportunities to work not only domestically, but also overseas. Read about just some of the exciting career options for people with Spanish language skills below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Interpreters and Translators $46,120 29%
High School Teachers $58,030 6%
Training and Development Specialists $59,020 7%
Police and Detectives $61,600 4%
Social and Community Service Managers $64,680 10%

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Jobs that Involve Spanish

Interpreters and Translators

If you have Spanish language skills, consider working as an interpreter or translator. Interpreters translate from one spoken language to another, in a variety of settings: court rooms, classrooms, medical offices and clinics, government agencies, and many more. Translators translate written texts from one language to another. To become a translator or interpreter a bachelor's degree in a foreign language, literature or translation studies is helpful, but the most important skill is native or near-native proficiency in English and at least one foreign language.

High School Teachers

Another possible career for Spanish speakers is teaching in a secondary or high school. High school teachers teach students skills and help them prepare for college and/or the workplace. Spanish language and literature teachers teach spoken and written communication skills, translation and interpretation skills, and literary analysis in private and public schools. Spanish speakers who work in high schools may also teach in bilingual Spanish-English programs, where they teach academic content in Spanish. To become a high school teacher, you need a bachelor's degree that includes a teacher education program and coursework in Spanish, and you must pass a state licensure exam.

Training and Development Specialists

One business career Spanish speakers should consider is training and development specialist. These professionals, who need a bachelor's degree and excellent communication and presentation skills, prepare and deliver trainings and professional development courses to employees. They work for large and small companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, in nearly all fields. Candidates with Spanish language skills, business knowledge, presentation skills, and experience are highly valued both at domestic and international firms.

Police and Detectives

In many communities in the United States, law enforcement professionals need to be able to communicate with people who speak Spanish. Police officers and detectives enforce local, state, and national laws, protect citizens and property, serve communities, keep the peace, and investigate crimes. Detectives, also known as agents or special agents, investigate crime scenes, gather evidence and facts, and interview witnesses, victims of crimes, and alleged perpetrators. For these often dangerous, physically demanding, and exhausting jobs, candidates must be U.S. citizens, complete training at specialized academies, and earn a high school diploma or college degree, depending on the position.

Social and Community Service Managers

If you speak Spanish, another excellent career option is working for a social or community service agency, as a direct care worker or manager, a career that is expected to add jobs faster than average in the future. Professionals in this field work for government agencies, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses that provide services to the elderly, people with mental illnesses, low-income citizens, the homeless, in substance abuse recovery settings, and in a variety of health-related fields. Managers oversee the work of direct care workers and plan and implement programs to better serve different populations in need. To become a social or community service manager, you need at least a bachelor's degree; some positions require a master's degree in human services, social work or a related field.

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