Career Opportunities for Spanish Majors

Here are some opportunities for those with a degree in Spanish. A Modern Language and Literature major offers students a solid, liberal arts preparation, plus the enhanced capabilities represented by foreign language competency.

Field   Employment Opportunities
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Foreign Correspondent for Newspapers, Magazines, Radio and Television
  • Music Industry
  • Textbook Publishing


Domestic and International Business, Industry, and Commerce
  • Banks, Savings and Loans, and Credit Unions
  • Environmental Firms
  • Hospitals and Health-Care Facilities
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Public Relations Departments and Firms
  • Software, Hardware, and Telecommunications Manufacturers
  • Sports Organizations
  • Travel and Hospitality


  • Colleges and Universities
  • International Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Professional Language Schools
  • Public Schools


Educational Administration
  • American College Programs Abroad
  • American-sponsored Private Schools Abroad
  • Corporate Programs for Foreign Transfers
  • Foreign Study Exchange programs
  • International Not-for profit Organizations
  • International Student Programs


Federal Government
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Peace Corps
  • The Voice of America
  • U.S. Information Agency


  • Attorney
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Agent
  • International Law
  • Local and State Law Enforcement
  • Paralegal
  • Private Investigator
  • Secret Service Agent
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Agent


Translation and Interpreting
  • American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries
  • Commercial Language Schools
  • Exporting/Importing
  • Federal Government
  • Foreign Firms Operating in the U.S.
  • Publishers, Hospitals
  • State and Local Government
  • Translation Agencies

* The information provided here is taken from Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors by Julie DeGalan & Stephen Lambert (NTC Publishing Group: 1994).