If you can speak, read, write or understand more than one language, there are a lot of job opportunities for you. Multiple languages provide you with many options and opportunities that single language job seekers don’t have. As the business world becomes more multicultural, think of all those employers who want to tap into new markets of customers. But do you need to be fluent in English and other languages? Well, that depends on the job. For translation and interpretation services, you must be both fluent and certified. For other jobs, such as customer service, your employer may accept a “conversational” level of communication. Below are resources and information to help you learn about career possibilities with multiple languages.

Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters

Who Hires Job Seekers with Multiple Languages?

  • Airlines / Airports
  • Boards of Education
  • Broadcasting Companies
  • Cultural Organizations
  • Government
  • Language Schools
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Customer Service / Call Centres
  • Banks / Financial
  • Health Care
  • Publishers
  • Translation & Interpretation Services
  • Travel Agencies / Tour Companies
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Market Research Companies
Adapted from: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/careers/sites/files/careers/public/shared/pdf/panel_packages/careers-in-language-living-the-lingo.pdf

The Top 10 Jobs Where Bilingual Candidates Have a Competitive Advantage

  1. Billing Administrator
  2. Collections Clerk
  3. Financial Administrator
  4. Technical Support / Customer Service
  5. Human Resources Advisor
  6. Marketing Coordinator
  7. Systems Administrator
  8. Recruitment Consultant
  9. Administrative Assistant
  10. Sales Representative
Source: http://careers.workopolis.com/advice/is-it-still-worth-learning-a-second-language-in-canada-in-2015/

Sample Job Postings/Companies

  • Lead Translator, Text & Form Software
  • Junior Copy Editor, Partners Magazine, The Italian Chamber of Commerce
  • Foreign Remittance Clerk, Trade Link Canada
  • Foreign Language Intelligence Analyst, Communications Security Establishment
  • Interpreter, Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • Official Language Monitor, Ministry of Education
  • Bilingual Client Care Representative, FGI
  • Market Research Analyst, Millennium Research Group
  • Project Organizer/Coordinator, UTM Department of French, German, and Italian
  • Customer Service Representative, Dormer Laboratories Inc.
  • Bilingual Registration Officer, BMO Financial Group
  • Flight Attendants, Illico Hodes Advertising
  • Coordinator for International Relations, JET Programme, Embassy of Japan
  • Marketing/Technical Writer, IDEE Inc.
Source: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/careers/careers-by-major-languages

Self Employment

Use your knowledge of multiple languages to earn some extra money by starting a small business.

  • Freelance Translator
  • Freelance Interpreter
  • Tour Guide
  • Language Instructor
  • Tutor
  • Copy Writer 

What Will You Earn? What is the Future Outlook?

  • 26% of graduates of a Bachelors Degree in foreign languages are employed
  • Graduates earned a median of $46,262/year
  • The top paying three locations for foreign languages are: Ottawa, Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory
  • The top three occupations of graduate are: Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters, Administrative Officers, and General Office Clerks
  • The average wage in the GTA is $26.67/hour
Source: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/student_dash-eng.do?fos1=FOS20601&los1=LOS05

Job Boards

Use any of the top job boards in Ontario/Canada and type in the language of your choice. You will be surprised what comes up! Try:

Language/Bilingual Job Boards

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