As America’s Hispanic population continues to grow, the ability to speak Spanish is becoming more of an asset in the professional world. In a post titled “10 Jobs Where Being Bilingual Is Unexpectedly Important,” Cosmopolitan writer Monika Fabian looks at some fields where people raised speaking Spanish (or fluent after years of study) might have an advantage. Read on to see her full list.
1. Writer — Whether you’re a novelist translating fictional works written in other countries or a journalist doing research and conducting interviews with diverse groups of people, being fluent in English and Spanish is extremely helpful. It’s also useful for copywriters, as more and more companies look to advertise in Latino communities.
2. Librarian — Today’s librarians must engage English and Spanish speakers and order books and other materials written in both languages.
3. Dietician — Since 22 percent of Latino children are obese, compared to 14. 1 percent for their caucasian counterparts, there’s a growing need in the United States for nutritionists who can speak Spanish.
4. Marketing Execs — As per AdAge, America’s top 50 companies spent $8.3 billion in 2013 to reach Hispanic consumers. What’s more, many top firms are now looking to sell their products in places like Latin America, and as the economy becomes more globalized, there’ll likely be increased need for bilingual marketing executives.
5. Union Organizers — Historically, foreign-born non-English-speaking workers are among the most exploited in this country, and for that reason, labor organizers who are able to speak English and Spanish are vital.
6. HR Specialists — By 2020, Hispanic workers will account for 19 percent of the U.S. workforce. That’s nearly one-fifth. Clearly, more and more companies will be hiring from this talent pool, and they’ll need HR professionals who can speak Spanish.
7. Mental Health Professionals/Therapists — In order to truly open up during therapy, you need to feel comfortable with the language. For that reason, many bilingual Hispanic individuals would prefer to work with Spanish-speaking mental health professionals. The trouble is, there’s a shortage in many parts of the country.
8. Social Workers — Working in places like schools and shelters, social workers play crucial roles in helping communities function. Language barriers make the job difficult, and today’s social workers need to be able to converse with individuals and families of all different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
9. Court Reporter — There’s a high demand for bilingual court reporters, so if you can type more than 250 words per minute (or something close to that, as requirements differ by state), this might be the job for you.
10. Small Business Owner — Why limit your base of potential customers to folks who speak English? From a business standpoint, it makes way more sense to market yourself to (and be able to communicate with) Spanish speakers.