The Wall Street Journal has been reporting that the job market for bilingual jobs is continuing to be hot with no signs of slowing down or cooling off in the near future. Employers are critically short of workers who have bilingual skills and they are willing to pay top dollar to hire the best employees. Jobs requiring bilingual skills are available in many private sectors but also in government agencies and educational settings.
Many areas of the country are experiencing an extreme shortage of qualified workers who are able to translate and interpret other languages. Some of the companies that are located in large cities will even pay relocation expenses for bilingual workers.
In order to be competitive in today's market, and to broaden the customer base, a company must have some workers who have skills in more than one language. Businesses are aware of this and they are advertising heavily to try to attract large numbers of applicants for their open jobs. Today jobs requiring bilingual abilities exist in areas ranging from customer service at a bank to courtroom transcription and interpretation in cases dealing with suspected terrorist activities.
The demand by government agencies and organizations for employees who possess bilingual skills was sparked in part by the devastating terrorist attacks that took place in New York and Washington, DC, seven years ago. The State Department is just one of many government organizations that are always on the lookout for qualified employees who can function as language specialists in Middle Eastern and central Asian dialects. The FBI, CIA, and DEA also have numerous openings that could use people who have multiple language fluency.
People who can speak, understand, and translate Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, and Hindi are at the top of the list for hiring. Individuals who have knowledge of other languages are strongly encouraged to apply for open positions. Languages such as Urdu, Pashto, Kurdish, Dari, and Korean are also desperately needed by different areas of the government.
People with bilingual language skills are also being recruited to help companies deal with terminology that is associated with trade pacts, intellectual property issues, and other issues. Many words, or terms, do not translate literally, and it is important that skilled persons with an in-depth understanding of a language are available to lend assistance.
It is quite common for many of the interpreters and translators in the US today to expect earnings that exceed $60,000 a year. There are a number of bilingual entry-level jobs with starting salaries of at least $30,000. People with security clearances and bilingual abilities who are willing to work overseas can earn as much as $100,000 or more.
But opportunities for bilingual jobs aren't limited to those involving government or international affairs. Opportunities with many companies exist domestically as well, and they aren't limited to working as just an interpreter or translator.
Public school systems, especially those in urban areas, have a constant need for teachers with bilingual skills, especially Spanish. School systems in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, and other areas have rapidly growing populations of Hispanic students, many of them with limited proficiency in English. These and other school systems are experiencing severe shortages in the numbers of teachers with bilingual abilities. Some school systems have even recruited teachers from other countries to meet their needs for bilingual instructional staff.
Spanish is in especially high demand, with the nation's growing Hispanic/Latino population, but opportunities in education also exist for teachers who are bilingual in other languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Japanese. People interested in teaching careers who already have bilingual skills should check with the human resources offices or websites of school systems.
These job openings can found at BilingualCrossing.com and all applicants can discover the contact numbers and information needed for any of the listed jobs. This site also posts job requirements, duties, pay, and benefits and it is possible to apply for positions today. Most school systems list available teaching jobs, as well as other positions, on their own websites, but they have also begun to list on central online employment boards as well.
Shifting immigrant populations have helped spur the need by many businesses to have foreign language specialists and skilled bilingual employees on their staff. If they have no workers available to deal with this type of work, they have to rely on temporary contract workers or outsource the necessary tasks to other companies that handle translation and communication in multiple languages.
Companies that provide interpreters and translators for businesses, courts, law firms, and healthcare facilities have a huge need for people with skills in Spanish, Asian languages, and even some Eastern European and African languages. If you are searching for a job in which you can use your skills in other languages, it is easy to go online and find numerous employers that want to meet you today.