Texas Tech University

Spanish Language Career Opportunities

Possible Careers for Those with a Spanish Degree

  • Education: Lubbock Independent School District did not fill 8 positions for bilingual educators in 2018 for Spanish instruction in Middle Schools
    • Bilingual Educator
    • College Professor
    • Counselor
    • Administration
  • Business:
    • International Relations Consultant
    • Foreign Exchange Trader
    • Publishing Specialist
    • Foreign Correspondent
    • Proofreader
    • Importer/Exporter
    • Translator/Interpreter
    • International Account Manager
    • International Banking Officer
    • Bilingual customer support
    • Depart of Human Resources
    • Journalism / Publishing
  • Culture/Tourism:
    • Cultural Events Coordinator
    • Travel Agent
    • Translator/Interpreter
    • Escort/Interpreter/Guide
  • Government:
    • Regional, County, and City Welfare Employee
    • National Security Agent
    • Immigration Officer
    • Court Interpreter
    • Cultural Attaché
    • UNESCO Official
    • Translator/Interpreter
    • FBI Agent
    • Foreign Diplomat Missionary
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Social Worker

Workplace Skills Developed with a Spanish Degree

  • Read/write/speak effectively in Spanish; communicate effectively across Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Communicate effectively across cultures
  • Collaborate with a team to achieve a common goal or solve a common problem
  • Listen actively and attentively
  • Adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and think on one's feet
  • Use social-media savvy in professional context
  • Perform technical work in video and audio design
  • Switch smoothly between leadership and support roles
  • Write in multiple genres for different audiences
  • Convey complex content to a diverse audience
  • Create materials targeting a particular audience
  • Deliver presentations
  • Work independently
  • Meet deadlines
  • Master multiple research methodologies
  • Implement feedback from supervisors and peers

Did You Know?

  • Spanish is the second most widely spoken native language on Earth after Chinese.
  • After Mexico, the United States has more Spanish speakers than any other country.
  • There are 21 countries in the world that list Spanish as an official language.
  • Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

In almost any job where communication skills are important, a second language is an asset. Parts of the country are bilingual in Spanish and English. For many careers, knowledge of Spanish is a necessity.

Because of the many career opportunities available in today's fast-changing job market, Spanish language studies (including a major or a minor) can be structured with your degree plan in law, medicine, sociology, psychology, business, mass communication, agriculture, or other languages.