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What can I do with a major in Spanish?


The information below describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major.  Understand that some of the options listed below may require additional training.  Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.

Description of Spanish

Students majoring in Spanish study one of the major languages of the world, ranking fifth in the number of native speakers. In fact, Spanish is the most frequently studied foreign language. Students majoring in Spanish will take courses that combine the study of literature, language, culture, and linguistics, which will lead to a development of language proficiency and an understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. This world primarily consists of the language, culture, and literature of Spanish-speaking countries found in South America and Spain. 

Many students majoring in Spanish will become teachers or go on to graduate school, but proficiency in a foreign language also helps students with this major find employment in the public and private sectors. In fact, many companies and agencies in the United States and abroad are looking for employees who speak Spanish. Having a greater sense of the Spanish culture, students are prepared for professions in government, politics, international relations, business, banking, trade, travel, or a host of other professions. Even if a student does not use his or her ability to speak Spanish, the cultural awareness gained is a transferable skill that will be highly prized. 

Possible Job Titles of Spanish Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Account Executive
Asst Director of Admissions*
Assistant Editor*
Assistant Project Manager
Bilingual English Teacher*
Bilingual Instructor
Bilingual Sales Coordinator
Bilingual Sales Representative
Business Manager
Case Manager*
CIA/FBI Special Agent
Civil Service Worker
College Professor
Community Relations
Copy Editor
Corporate Specialist
Customs Official
Director of Volunteer Services
Education Services Representative
Employment Interviewer
Flight Attendant
Foreign News Journalist Foreign Services Worker
Hotel Manager
Human Resources Manager
Immigration Specialist
Import/Export Agent
In-store Consultant
Intelligence Specialist
International Account Asst*
Language Researcher
Loan Analyst
News Anchor
Peace Corps Volunteer
Personal Assistant*
Production Associate
Program Assistant*
Sales Assistant*
Spanish Instructor (College)
Spanish Teacher*
Speech Pathologist
Sport Reporter
Technical Writer
Tour Guide
Travel Agent
Weather Reporter

Possible Employers and Employment Settings for Spanish Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Advertising Dept./Agencies
Air, Bus, and Rail Lines
American Red Cross
American Resorts International
Archstone Co
Baker Betts, LLP*
Bell Atlantic Teleproducts
Challenge Air Cargo
Chambers of Commerce
Chase Staffing
Clothing Boutiques*
Colegio Madison*
Consul General of Argentina*
CNN International
Crawford Communication
Delta Airlines
Devcon Construction
Federal Express
Government Agencies
Homebanc Mortgage Company
Hotel Chains
Import/Export Companies
Investment Firms
Lawrence and Russell*
Mitchell & Mitchell Translators
National Archives
News Bureaus
Peace Corps
Premier Sports
Public Relations Firms
Public Service Organizations
SAGA Communications
School Systems*
Teach for America*
Tennessee School System
Travel Agencies
Tyson Foods
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Department of Education
Visitors Bureaus
Wang’s International*
Well Brothers Cotton, Inc.*
Wendel Translators
Worth Magazine
Young Life

Skill Sets and Interests Associated with Spanish Majors

  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing Spanish
  • Ability to memorize detailed information
  • Understanding of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries
  • Proficiency in phonetics and ability to imitate sounds
  • Command of English language
  • Self-disciplined and patient
  • Motivated to learn new concepts
  • Awareness of alternative life-styles
  • Pronounced Linguistic ability
  • Adaptable to new environments
  • Loves to travel

Top Career Services Resources for Spanish Majors

  • Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados and Other Multilingual Types by H. Seelye and J. Day
  • Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors by Julie DeGalan and Stephen Lambert
  • Teaching English Abroad by Susan Griffith
  • Live and Work Abroad by Callan
  • Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries
  • Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the US

Rhodes Campus Contacts Associated with Spanish

Career Services

Rhodes Modern Languages Department

Additional Resources/Contacts for Spanish Majors

American Assoc. of Language Specialist
American Assoc. of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese 
American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages
American Translators Assoc
Institute for European-Latin American Relations
National Assoc. of Hispanic and Latino Studies
National Council of Teachers of English
Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
The Electronic Embassy
The United Nations