The Pew Research Hispanic Center reports that Hispanics accounted for more than half of the nation’s growth in the past decade. Currently, there are approximately 50 million Hispanics in the U.S., making up 16% of the population. Since Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group, there is a greater need for bilingual workers who speak both English and Spanish. Being bilingual truly gives job seekers an advantage in the job search because it’s a marketable and valuable skill. Here are five jobs to consider if you’re a bilingual job seeker.
Customer Service Representative
Bilingual workers in this job can communicate more efficiently with customers that speak another language aside from English to provide better customer service.
The healthcare sector is one of the largest growing industries. Healthcare providers, like a registered nurse, service patients from all cultural backgrounds and knowing a second language can allow them to better facilitate care for such patients.
In law enforcement, it’s important to gather evidence by interviewing suspects and victims of a crime. Bilingual workers can save their department the cost of an interpreter while they interrogate or console.
Employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent between 2010 to 2020 due to aging baby boomers. Social workers help improve the quality of life and well-being for individuals, groups, and even communities. Being able to communicate in someone else’s native language makes this kind of hands-on work much easier.
Public Relations Specialist
The need for organizations to maintain and engage their audience is expanding and thus the job of a public relations specialist is in high demand, growing by 23 percent in the next ten years. Public relations specialists typically create and maintain a person’s or organization’s public image through writing press releases, planning and directing public relations programs and managing a social media presence on Facebook or Twitter. Knowing a second language makes it easier to cultivate the public image of an organization that caters to a non-English speaking audience.
Do any of these positions spark an interest as far as a bilingual career path you might follow? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
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