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It can be hard to find the perfect job after you graduate from college. Luckily for students who graduated with a spanish language degree, we have got you covered. We found the jobs that most spanish language majors prefer by examining millions of job listings and 2,003 spanish language major resumes.

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Starting Salary
$28,000
Job openings
21,496
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$23,000
Job openings
44,955
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
General office clerks perform a variety of clerical tasks, including answering telephones, typing documents, and filing records.
Starting Salary
$25,000
Job openings
123,522
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Customer service representatives interact with customers to handle complaints, process orders, and provide information about an organization’s products and services.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
18,761
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
90,720
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Account Executives are responsible for looking after the company's client as well as keeping the company-client relationships at a high standard. Their goal is to increase the amount of business a company does with those clients.
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Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Starting Salary
$29,000
Job openings
18,267
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$26,000
Job openings
18,038
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Information clerks perform routine clerical duties such as maintaining records, collecting data, and providing information to customers.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
12,450
Top Locations:
Washington, DC;  Mesa, AZ;  New York, NY;  
Job Description:
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.
Starting Salary
$26,000
Job openings
117,342
Top Locations:
Phoenix, AZ;  Houston, TX;  Jacksonville, FL;  
Job Description:
Customer service representatives interact with customers to handle complaints, process orders, and provide information about an organization’s products and services.
Starting Salary
$25,000
Job openings
68,447
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  San Antonio, TX;  
Job Description:
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.
Starting Salary
$63,000
Job openings
8,722
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Boston, MA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.
Starting Salary
$41,000
Job openings
20,305
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$20,000
Job openings
44,966
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Information clerks perform routine clerical duties such as maintaining records, collecting data, and providing information to customers.
Starting Salary
$34,000
Job openings
9,585
Top Locations:
Chicago, IL;  New York, NY;  Provo, UT;  
Job Description:
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.
Starting Salary
$47,000
Job openings
32,361
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Austin, TX;  
Job Description:
Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization’s communications channels.
Starting Salary
$37,000
Job openings
11,537
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Writers and authors develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, blogs, and other online publications.
Starting Salary
$53,000
Job openings
10,148
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Monterey, CA;  Philadelphia, PA;  
Job Description:
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
2,194
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Boston, MA;  Saint Louis, MO;  
Job Description:
Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips. They offer advice on destinations, plan trip itineraries, and make travel arrangements for clients.
Starting Salary
$31,000
Job openings
33,084
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.
Starting Salary
$24,000
Job openings
26,332
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Jacksonville, FL;  
Job Description:
A Substitute Teacher works in the absence of the full-time classroom teacher. They ensure that normal classroom routines are followed and discipline is maintained.
Starting Salary
$29,000
Job openings
1,147
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Phoenix, AZ;  Austin, TX;  
Job Description:
Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.
Starting Salary
$19,000
Job openings
25,471
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
20,436
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
A Project Coordinator runs, administers, and organizes all project activities in an organization. They also provide work direction to staff.
Starting Salary
$24,000
Job openings
54,231
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
Starting Salary
$37,000
Job openings
21,409
Top Locations:
Washington, DC;  New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
26,020
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Boston, MA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
A Research Assistant helps carry out a particular research agenda. They are generally found in the social science or laboratory setting.
Starting Salary
$55,000
Job openings
59,046
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
A business analyst is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology.
Starting Salary
$38,000
Job openings
40,379
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.
Starting Salary
$12,000
Job openings
27,134
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Philadelphia, PA;  
Job Description:
Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.
Starting Salary
$37,000
Job openings
25,840
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Boston, MA;  Philadelphia, PA;  
Job Description:
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading.
Starting Salary
$42,000
Job openings
86,702
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Phoenix, AZ;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. They contact customers, explain product features, answer any questions that their customers may have, and negotiate prices.
Starting Salary
$92,000
Job openings
415
Top Locations:
Monterey, CA;  Gordon, GA;  San Antonio, TX;  
Job Description:
Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.
Starting Salary
$27,000
Job openings
18,570
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$47,000
Job openings
60,255
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.
Starting Salary
$34,000
Job openings
31,356
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.
Starting Salary
$23,000
Job openings
42,442
Top Locations:
Phoenix, AZ;  New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Computer support specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Some, called computer network support specialists, support information technology (IT) employees within their organization. Others, called computer user support specialists, assist non-IT users who are having computer problems.
Starting Salary
$34,000
Job openings
8,701
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.
Starting Salary
$29,000
Job openings
4,744
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
89,558
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. They contact customers, explain product features, answer any questions that their customers may have, and negotiate prices.
Starting Salary
$27,000
Job openings
16,861
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.
Starting Salary
$49,000
Job openings
22,364
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees.
Starting Salary
$25,000
Job openings
56,087
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
General office clerks perform a variety of clerical tasks, including answering telephones, typing documents, and filing records.
Starting Salary
$27,000
Job openings
23,538
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Secretaries and administrative assistants perform clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff.
Starting Salary
$45,000
Job openings
10,441
Top Locations:
Philadelphia, PA;  New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.
Starting Salary
$33,000
Job openings
13,990
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.
Starting Salary
$51,000
Job openings
67,222
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.
Starting Salary
$40,000
Job openings
29,495
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  San Diego, CA;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
An Operations Specialist is responsible for managing the flow of a workplace and optimizing day-to-day activities. They track and analyze various reports, such as activity budgets, operation activity, and department metrics for making the necessary improvements.
Starting Salary
$39,000
Job openings
9,592
Top Locations:
Phoenix, AZ;  Chicago, IL;  New York, NY;  
Job Description:
Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.
Starting Salary
$26,000
Job openings
32,918
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.
Starting Salary
$35,000
Job openings
7,562
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization’s communications channels.

Spanish Language Major Jobs

Average Salary For a Spanish Language Major

Depending on the industry that spanish language majors work in, their salaries can vary significantly. In fact, we found that spanish language majors who work in the utilities industry have an average salary of $57,572, while those who work in the education industry have an average salary of $51,638. If salary is the most important thing to you, then you should look for jobs in the utilities industry.

1. Utilities
$57,572
Avg. Salary
$46k
$64k
2. Retail
$53,313
Avg. Salary
$46k
$64k
3. Government
$52,554
Avg. Salary
$46k
$64k
4. Education
$51,638
Avg. Salary
$46k
$64k

Entry Level Jobs For Spanish Language Majors

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How To Get A Job With A Spanish Language Degree

Globalization has led to a lot of interesting situations from a social standpoint, one of them being the opportunity everyday to interact with people from a variety of cultures all over the world. This has resulted in a huge need in the US for people who are able to speak languages besides English, and -- especially given the US' proximity to Mexico, the world's largest Spanish-speaking country -- one of the most useful of these languages is Spanish.

American jobs for Spanish speakers come from a variety of different industries, and can include obvious careers like translating and teaching to less obvious positions like sales or social work. With Spanish speakers needed in so many different fields, it can be difficult to settle on one specific job.

Well, that's where we come in. We literally created a map, just for Spanish Language Majors such as yourself, to navigate your way through the choppy waters of recent graduation.

Feel free to focus on the map alone -- it's pretty cool, if we do say so ourselves. But for those of you who prefer step by step navigation on your path, keep reading. We'll give you the rundown on:

  • What skills you'll need
  • How to begin
  • What jobs you can expect to find as a Spanish Language Major
  • Some quick interview tips
  • Consider graduate school
  • External resources

First thing's first: what skills you'll need to get started.

1. Skills for Spanish Language Majors

Most skills that come from having studied a second language -- which Spanish may or may not be for a Spanish Language Major, depending on their background -- have to do with the ability to look at communication itself from a critical standpoint. Learning a second language can make it easier to learn other languages down the line, but more critically, it makes a person more likely to think about the words that they use on a daily basis in a critical way.

This ability to speak and think critically is useful for a variety of industries, but particularly lends itself to jobs that are based in one way or another around communication, such as teaching, sales, translation, writing, and other similar careers.

Let's take a closer look at what some of these Spanish Language skills look like:

Communication skills

Any job you can find with a Spanish Language Major is likely to depend almost entirely on your ability to communicate with others. This can include teaching someone another language, writing or translating in Spanish, or trying to reach a particular Spanish-speaking demographic for marketing purposes.

Analytical skills

In general, learning a second language lends itself to having a strong ability to look at things analytically. This comes back to the idea of communication, and specifically understanding that speaking in a language is a form of a discourse with certain rules and structures -- an understanding which can make it easier in the long run to identify similar structures and analyze ideas or concepts in the same way.

Multi-tasking skills

In a job that requires you to be bilingual, you'll also need to have excellent multitasking skills. With any career in this field, you'll often find yourself having to think on multiple levels at the same time. For example, you might find yourself in a translation position that requires you to read or listen to something in one language and then quickly and accurately translate it into another.

2. Where to Begin Your Career After Getting a Spanish Language Degree

There are a number of internships available to those trying to get a Spanish Language degree, typically related to either teaching basic ESL courses or assisting in translating for more established workers in the field.

While these can all be extremely useful experiences, the most important thing one can do to get a leg up in the Spanish Language field is to immerse themselves in the language itself through studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country or by otherwise being able to spend a significant amount of time communicating with native speakers.

Getting a job in the Spanish Language field is contingent upon your command of the language, so it is imperative for all non-native speakers to spend a certain amount of time becoming comfortable speaking the language fluently.

Before you settle on an internship or study abroad program, though, you'll want to make sure it's the right fit for you. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where (in the state/the country/the world) do you want to work?
  • What size and type of organization do you want to work for?
  • Do you need compensation in an internship, or might you be able to consider alternative compensation (experience, work samples, references, networking, etc.)
  • Is relocation an option?

3. Available Jobs For Spanish Language Majors

Jobs for Spanish teachers are typically rooted in their ability to speak Spanish as a second language, or as a first language with a second language being something relevant. It is difficult to get Spanish language-related job where Spanish is your only known language, but there are some cases where it is possible. A teacher of Spanish-language literature, for example, might sometimes fall under the purview of a Spanish Language major.

With our map, you can click the Job Titles and learn more specific information for each position (what their responsibilities are, how much they get paid, etc.) But here, we wanted to call out some of the most common jobs for recent Spanish Language Major grads.

Here are a few of the most interesting jobs for recent grads such as yourself:

Spanish Teacher

Spanish Teachers help students learn the meaning of both the Spanish language as well as, at higher levels, Spanish-language literature. In college or upper-level high school, classes between the language and the literature are differentiated.

Spanish Interpreter

Spanish interpreters are hired in one of two ways; by travellers or public speakers to translate their employer's words as they are spoken, or to translate a text or series of works.

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professors are non-tenure track faculty that teach classes at the college level. A PhD may be required for certain subjects, but for others a Master's or even a Bachelor's may be sufficient depending on the school.

4. Some Quick Job Search Tips for Spanish Language Majors

For Teachers

If you're looking for jobs teaching Spanish in the United States, you should bear in mind that prospects aren't great for teachers right now. There aren't a lot of jobs out there, and competition for the few that exist is fierce. But if you're lucky (and qualified) you may just be able to land a tenure track position.

For those having difficulty finding jobs, becoming an adjunct instructor for a university or community college might be a good alternative in the meantime. The pay and job security are both low compared to a tenure-track position, but it can help pay the bills while you wait for a better position to open up for you elsewhere.

Another option is to look at teaching ESL abroad in a Spanish-speaking country -- or, if you don't mind letting your Spanish get a little rusty, teaching ESL abroad anywhere you can find work. South Korea in particular is known for paying a high salary to its ESL teachers, and most programs provide benefits including paying for your housing and travel, allowing you to pocket the majority of your paycheck rather than having to spend it on the usual monthly expenses.

For Translators/Interpreters

Internships are still a great way to go for jobs as an interpreter. They have the benefit of giving you an excellent amount of industry experience while also letting you start networking in the industry of your choice.

In terms of actually working in the industry, the two main kinds of translators are freelance and in-house translators. In-house translators work for a particular company doing full-time work, while freelancers are hired for individual projects, typically work at home, and are able to set their own hours. Both have benefits and drawbacks -- in-house translators typically have more stable jobs, a set salary, and office space, while freelancers are able to work from anywhere and have a great deal of freedom in what kind of projects they undertake.

Internships can help you get in-house positions in some cases, but freelancing is something you can start at any time. The highest paying jobs will require you to be certified by the American Translators Association (ATA), but if you're unable or unwilling to go that route, you'll still find plenty of work as an uncertified translator.

5. Continuing Education and Certifications in Spanish Language

Pursuing an advanced degree

Obtaining a graduate degree in your course of study can serve as an excellent way to separate you from the herd - but you must first decide whether it's worth your time.

After acquiring a strong command of the Spanish language itself, the Spanish Major tends to focus on a mix between linguistics and literature, particularly at the higher levels like the Master's or the PhD.

For the most part, the difference between the Master's and the PhD is the same as with most other majors -- get the Master's if you plan on staying in the field but would like a bit more expertise and a nice pay bump, or go for the PhD if you prefer research, teaching at the college level, or otherwise working in academia. Master's programs in this field are also often used as stepping stones into PhD programs.

Here are common advanced degrees that people with Spanish Language degree normally consider:

Master's in Spanish Language

  • Master's degrees in Spanish language and literature can often lead into PhD programs, but they are also often used by those looking to enter the job industry with a greater command (and a more critical understanding) of the Spanish language

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish Language)

  • Good for conducting research and remaining on the academic side of the Spanish Language field. This often brings the study of Spanish into greater contact with fields such as history, cultural studies, and postcolonial criticism.

6. External Resources

If you're still not sure what to do with your degree here are some external sites, to help you with your decision:

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)

The AATSP is a professional organization for Spanish and Portuguese language teachers that offers education and networking opportunities, publications, awards, and other membership benefits.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

The ACTFL is another professional organization, this one focusing less on the Spanish language specifically and more on the teaching of foreign languages in general. Like the AATSP, it also offers membership benefits such as educational opportunities and other resources.

American Translators Association (ATA)

The ATA is the accepted organizational body that provides certification to translators in order to maintain professionalism in the industry as well as look out for the rights of working translators.

USAJobs

Enter "Spanish Language" into the search bar and you can get a sense of what kind of government jobs are available to Visual and Performing Arts Majors. Find a job title you like and come back here to learn more about it.

Bureau Of Labor Statistics

The BLS offers detailed data on pay, location, and availability of different kinds of jobs across the country.

In fact, we draw a lot of our research on the best places for jobs from the information provided on the site.

And if this all seems like a lot - don't worry - the hard part (getting your degree!) is already over.

Updated July 15, 2020