In a global economy, the need for bilingual employees is growing, being fluent in a second language can benefit all candidates’ from recent college graduates to experienced professionals. The number of career opportunities is endless more companies are expanding their reach to international customers; communications with international business partners may assist with company growth. Research from RosettaStone found that people who speak at least one foreign language have an average annual household income that’s $10,000 higher than the household income of those who only speak English. Moreover, about 17 percent of those who speak at least one foreign language earn more than $100,000 a year.
In a competitive job market, candidates with the ability to read, write and speak popular foreign languages such as German, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Hmong are in high demand for positions in manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, sales, technology, banking, and government careers. Here a few career opportunities to consider if you can communicate in another language.
Become a Certified Courtroom Interpreter; candidates should possess an educated, native-like mastery of both English and a second language. Persons who pass the certification exam will be issued a certification card and have his or her name added to the official list of certified court interpreters. The State Court Administrative Office offers certification testing to persons interested in becoming a courtroom interpreter. Review additional details about the Michigan Court Language Access Certification Program at http://courts.mi.gov
Bilingual Personal Banker is responsible for offering and selling financial products and services (i.e., Credit Cards, CDs, Loans) to both consumer and small business customers. They routinely work with customers and small business clients, to build and deepen relationships by uncovering financial needs and recommending the best products, services, and solutions to meet those needs. Potential candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills with strong influencing skills.
Retail Area Managers are responsible for supporting all aspects of the local retail store sales, marketing, and operations within an assigned market territory. Managers roll-out company programs and promotions geared to reach ethnic cultures. Bilingual managers serve as a point of contact for escalated customer issues. Interested candidates must have experience in sales, management, and business development.
Call Center Representatives are needed 24/7, 365 days of the year, from both inbound and outbound customer support. Conversations with customers can take place through various channels, such as phone, email, and internet. The person interested in becoming a call center representative must be able to effectively resolve issues, answer questions, and handle service requests.
Bilingual Healthcare Services workers have an array of career opportunities in hospitals, plasma centers, direct care, and senior living facilities. Candidates fluent in popular foreign languages are critical professionals within the medical industry to improving the health and happiness of existing clients and communications with potential patients in need of care services.
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