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Careers for French Degree Graduates

Common job titles

  • Communications manager
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • ESL teacher/assistant abroad
  • Financial/research/business analyst
  • French language/literature professor
  • International trade specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO) staff
  • Proofreader
  • Translator

Job outlook data

Interpreters and translators held around 61,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, reflecting increasing globalization and diversity in the U.S. population.

Because computer-generated translation cannot produce work with the same nuance that human translators achieve, demand will remain strong for this occupation. The ongoing need for military and national security interpreters and translators will also result in more jobs.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of French language students are:

  • Educational services
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Finance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Government
  • Hospitality

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, PayScale, Interpreters and Translators.

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