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Modern Foreign Language Career Options

SVSU prepares students to actively serve communities through proudly unleashing their potential and rising to any language challenge. Whether that challenge is teaching in a foreign country, translating at a popular event or creating a marketing campaign from across the world – it’s all possible! SVSU knows that attaining a foreign language degree can offer students the freedom and versatility to pursue almost any career path. With nine out of 10 employers relying on bilingual employees and an ever-increasing demand for foreign language in the workforce, there is an abundance of job opportunities awaiting students upon graduation. 


  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Customer Service
  • Research
  • Travel Services
  • Teaching
  • Linguistics
  • Social Work
  • Library Science
  • Health Services
  • Explore more career options


  • Federal/State Governments
  • Museum
  • Publishers
  • Film Companies
  • Law Firms
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Federal/State Courts
  • Resorts
  • Airlines
  • International Organizations
  • Business Services
9 out of 10
employers rely on bilingual employees
of employers say the foreign language demand will increase
1 in 3
foreign language dependant U.S.A. employers report a language skills gap
Top 2
areas in need of foreign language skills are customer service and sales
Top 3 & 4
areas in need of foreign language skills are marketing and management
1 in 4
employers lost business due to a lack of foreign language skills.


Maribel Colorado-Garcia, Spanish Program
Curtiss 302
(989) 964-4632

Monika Dix, Modern Foreign Languages
Curtiss 144
(989) 964-4333

Julie Foss, French Program
Curtiss 189
(989) 964-4303