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Career Opportunities With a Major in Spanish

Graduates in Spanish have a variety of career options in both the public and private sectors. Most professionals who deal with the public, such as teachers, law enforcement agents and social service professionals, benefit from Spanish language knowledge, especially when these professionals serve Spanish speaking communities. Additionally, multi-national corporations increasingly need employees with Spanish language skills to process documents and work as translators.

With a major in Spanish individuals have the ability to communicate, develop cultural awareness and sensitivity, expand general knowledge and promote more appreciation of the Spanish culture. Proficiency in more than one language is becoming an increasingly valuable skill and enhances one's occupational possibilities.

MSU Denver Spanish Department Website


Skills Related to Spanish

  • Ability to read and write articulately and analytically

  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary

  • Good listening, clarifying, questioning, and responding skills

  • Ability to practice for long periods of time

  • Ability to organize and memorize detailed information

  • Proficiency in phonetics and ability to imitate sounds

  • Ability to think logically / quickly make analogies

Careers Related to Spanish

The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Spanish major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Spanish majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Announcer Anthropologist Audiologist
Author Bilingual Teacher Buyer
Community Service Worker Customs Inspector Diplomat
Foreign Language Teacher Foreign News Correspondent Foreign Service Officer
Foreign Student Advisor Health Administrator Historian
Hotel Manager Immigration Inspector Import / Export Clerk
International Relations Director Interpreter Journalist
Librarian Linguist Missionary
Special Agent - FBI Speech Pathologist Technical Writer
Textbook Publisher Tour Guide Translator
Travel Agent  

Employers in Spanish

  • Magazines

  • Newspapers

  • Museums

  • Professional journals

  • Hotel chains

  • International service organizations

  • Labor unions

  • Public relations firms

  • United Nations

  • Banks/Investment firms

  • Law firms

  • U.S. Immigration Service

  • International airlines

  • Military services

  • Foreign language textbook publishers

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Transportation agencies

  • Libraries

  • International trade organizations

  • Non-profit organizations

  • U.S. Travel Service

Professional Organizations in this Field

Websites Related to Spanish


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources. 

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