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April 2022 - Year 24 - Issue 2

ISSN 1755-9715

What Are The Best Career Options For Bilingual And Multilingual People?

Larry Blackwell has had a varied career in PR and Marketing with responsibility for the marketing department of several SMEs and experience in international organisations. He has developed new marketing strategies with a particular focus on understanding and exploiting multi-lingual campaigns. He speaks French, Spanish and his native English and is a regular contributor to the Matinée Multilingual blog.



Are you wondering what to do with your fantastic language skills? This article takes a look at the very best career options for those who are bilingual or multilingual.

At least 50% of the world speak two languages or more, with English, Mandarin Chinese and Hindi being amongst the most spoken languages on the planet.

If you’re able to speak two languages or more, you might not know that there are a vast array of different career opportunities available to you. As a bilingual or multilingual person you can work near enough in any industry with ease. That doesn’t mean, of course, that all jobs within language are equal. Some jobs are more satisfying, better paid, offer more travel opportunities - there are pros and cons to all.

To help you feel inspired about your career in language, we’ve shone the spotlight on some of the best bilingual and multilingual career opportunities to consider:



Translation is an obvious area to go into when you speak multiple languages, and it’s a really great choice. You can work anywhere in the world where your languages are relevant. You can work in all kinds of settings like hospitals, education or media, and as the world becomes more connected, this industry has the potential to grow exponentially over the next few years too.


Voice over work

Being a multilingual voiceover artist provides a wealth of opportunities for those who are not only looking for a way to earn money, but also a way to be creative too.

Working for a professional voice over agency involves a lot of skill and ability to speak with clarity, emotion and to have the ability to work at a similar level of quality during prolonged and sustained periods. Some level of technical ability is also required when you work for a professional agency.


Customer service

As global enterprises create customer service hubs across the world, and most businesses begin to expand globally, there’s a lot of work for customer service representatives who have language skills.



Cruise lines, hotels and events companies require bilingual speakers who are able to communicate with customers, clients and guests from across the world. If you’re great at customer service and liaisons too, there are some incredible jobs working with VIP’s available in this industry.


Flight attendant

The air transport industry naturally involves working with passengers from across the world, which is why multilingual staff are so sought after. Do research the airlines you might like to work for if you’re intending on learning a language specifically for this career as some of them want employees who speak certain languages specifically.



A quarter of the British public find that their jobs lack meaning, and if you’re one of them and you’re multilingual, teaching could be a great career choice for you. You can travel, make a life-changing impact on those you work with, and there’s a lot of career flexibility too with the age groups and types of people you work with.

How will you use your language skills to boost your career?

If you’re looking to enjoy a career that makes the most of your language skills, there are so many amazing options out there for you. The above choices are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to bilingual or multilingual career opportunities so you’ve a very exciting future ahead of you with your much-sought after skill set.


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