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8 High Paying Careers that Require a Second Language

Learning a second language has many benefits including the opportunity to learn about another culture and speak with others and to stimulate your brain. A foreign language is also beneficial for landing a job or getting a promotion.

If you’re looking to learn a second language to expand your career prospects or to land your first job, here are a few high paying careers that you should consider.

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International Sales Manager

International Sales Manager

Sales managers of large, multinational companies and corporations are often heavily rewarded for their bilingual communication and negotiation skills. These international sales managers meet with foreign businesses in an effort to persuade the company to buy and use their company’s services and goods. As it can be more difficult to sell B2B (business to business) than B2C (business to consumers), these sales manager positions often have substantial base pay as well as commissions. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics note these sales positions earn a median salary of nearly $118,000 per year.

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Study Abroad Coordinator and College Administrator

Study Abroad Coordinator and College Administrator

If you’re passionate about a certain country and have the native language down and have experience traveling and visiting the country, a study abroad coordinator or a college administrator may be the job for you. Those working in these positions serve as the go-to person for a college’s study abroad opportunities.

The salary for these positions are dependent on one’s rank, location and school. The median salary, however, is $90,700 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Foreign Service Officer

Foreign Service Officer

Foreign service officers represent their home nation while in another. They can protect individual citizens abroad, negotiate with foreign governments and manage embassy operations, among other tasks. According to the U.S. Department of State, the pay scale for foreign service officers range based on position, rank, years of experience and location with a few thousand dollars added onto the salary for instances where an officer is working in a dangerous environment. The pay for those in the top 4 rank have average salaries starting around $55,000 and cap off at $134,000.

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Intelligence Operative Agent

Intelligence Operative Agent

With all the spy movies out there, and all the cool gadgets and glamour, an intelligence operative agent is one career every kid dreams of having. Everyone’s seen a spy movie.
While being a spy doesn’t necessarily entail field work or gadgets, there are plenty of positions in analysis and support. While a second language does help in this field, interested candidates also need to satisfy a long list of additional requirements like a college degree, a high college GPA, analytical skills and additional certifications. The median salary for an intelligence operative agent is around $75,000.

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International Buyer

International Buyer

A buyer is a representative of a company looking to buy products from often smaller, more localized businesses. Many large global B2C businesses that sell goods have a buyer. This industry varies greatly as there are buyers for nearly every industry from computers to fashion to auto parts to beer. The pay for an international buyer will depend of rank, location, size of company and the goods to be bought. Most of these international buyer positions earn on average $60,000-$70,000 with top buyers at large companies earning more than $108,000.

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Banking/Finance

Banking/Finance

Banking is done all around the world which means that if you are bilingual and have an interest in banking or finance, there will be multiple job opportunities available. The highest paying international banking jobs that require a second language include: investment banker and banking manager, whose median salaries are $88,000 and $137,000, respectively.

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Risk Manager

Risk Manager

A risk manager assesses a company’s physical and financial risks. These risks exists in every company anywhere in the world. Risk managers who are bilingual can better communicate with foreign employees to identify these risks. The average salary for risk managers with experience is $111,000.

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Marketing Director

Marketing Director

Every company needs marketing to promote its products or services. This is important for companies that have multiple locations throughout the world and want to tap into the local, minority markets. Marketing directors that are bilingual are a beneficial asset to a company as they can communicate with non-English speaking consumers. International marketing directors can earn up to $120,000.

Speaking a second language is highly beneficial for one’s career. Those who are bilingual earn more than their single language speaking counterparts. By learning a second language, you don’t only boost your earning potential, but you can also improve your chances of landing a high-paying international job.

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