Careers in Languages

No matter what your career goals are, you should develop a career plan through research, career counseling, volunteering, and internships.  The Cal Poly Pomona Career Center is a good resource for formulating such a plan.  Your advisor within the department is also a great source of information on jobs directly related to Languages.

Language and literature majors work in a wide variety of fields. 

Fields in which a Language major can be the primary degree:

  • Translation/interpretation
  • Secondary education (i.e. high school language teacher).  Becoming a high school teacher with a B.A. in Spanish from Cal Poly Pomona: Spanish pre-credential option (projected for 2011). 
  • International development work (Peace Corps and NGOs)
  • National defense (i.e. CIA, FBI, NSA)
  • Graduate study in Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Latin American or Chicano Studies (to teach at the college or university levels)

Fields in which a Language major or minor is often a required secondary degree:

  • International business
  • Law enforcement
  • Spanish language media
  • New media
  • Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations and sales management
  • Non-profit, political or community work
  • Library science and museum work
  • Social work
  • Speech pathology
  • Court reporting
  • International freight, logistics and supply stream management

Fields in which a Language major or minor gives you a significant competitive edge in the job market:

  • K-12 education
  • Medicine
  • Construction management
  • Hospitality management and tourism
  • Human resources

Career links for Spanish majors

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Program documents

Spanish major

Spanish minor

French minor

Chinese certificate

German certificate

Languages advisors (directory)

  • Isabel Bustamante-Lopez, Spanish
  • Irene Daniel, German
  • Kent Dickson, Spanish
  • Meijuan Dong, Chinese
  • Liliane Fucaloro, French
  • Amalia Llombart, Spanish
  • Da'an Pan, Chinese