Spanish Degree Careers
and Finding Your Next Job

While I was in college, it took me a while to figure out what I really like to do. I bounced around a while from major to major, but after a while I finally found something that I liked: Spanish.

Once I took some Spanish classes, I knew that I wanted to get a degree in Spanish, but at first I didn't really pay attention to whether or not there were any Spanish degree careers available.

However, it wasn't too long before I was forced to think about that when people started asking me:

What are you going to do with a Spanish degree?

Well, nothing gives you confidence like someone asking something like that, right?

As much as I hated that question, it did cause me to start thinking about what kind of job I wanted to get with my Spanish degree. The thing is, I really didn't know what I wanted to do, except that I wanted to work with language. It was then that I started looking into the different types of Spanish degree careers that heavily used and relied having a knowledge of Spanish.

Eventually I decided on becoming a Spanish translator, but before I made that decision, I came up with a list of different Spanish degree jobs. If you are getting a Spanish degree and are trying to figure out what you can do with that type of degree, here are some options:

  1. Spanish Translator - Translators usually fall into two different categories, freelance or in-house. Freelance translators work for themselves on contract terms while in-house translators work for a single company, usually on salary.
  2. Spanish Teacher - Depending on the location, there is a pretty strong need for Spanish professors and teachers at all grade levels. Some places are so hard up for bilingual teachers that they offer programs to help you earn your teaching credentials.
  3. Spanish Transcriber - I don't see too many transcriber positions being advertised, unless it's a medical transcription advertisement, but if you can find an opportunity, they can pretty decent part-time gigs.
  4. Spanish Sales Representative - Companies are always trying to expand their customer base and one way to do that is by reaching out to Spanish-speaking consumers.
  5. Spanish Customer Service Representative - With more businesses catering to the Spanish-speaking community, there is an increased need for people to answer questions from this group.
  6. Healthcare Industry Professional - There has been an increase in the number of advertised positions for translators, interpreters and language program directors to work in the Spanish medical field, at either hospitals or clinics.
  7. Spanish Game Tester - These positions typically don't pay exceptionally well and are usually only part-time offers. Game testers usually need to have extensive experience playing console-type games.
  8. Spanish Interpreter - Good interpreters are in demand so if interpreting is something that you enjoy doing, you can find plenty of opportunities to work on a contract or freelance basis as a Spanish interpreter.
  9. Spanish Online Web Publisher - Most of the internet is still in English, so there are tons of opportunities to write Spanish content as an online web publisher. This is accessible for anyone, and whoever decides to take this infopreneur opportunity will be successful.

Spanish Degree Careers - Job Engines
While networking for Spanish jobs is definitely a better and more productive way to find a job, there are a few job search engines online that you can use to find jobs looking for people with a degree in Spanish. This site is an essential stop for someone looking for a Spanish degree career because it focuses on jobs specifically for Hispanic and bilingual professionals. This is probably the most popular job search engine online right now, and while it lists a fair number of Spanish degree jobs, the fact that it is so popular also means that there are a lot of people searching the site as well. This jobsite focuses on careers in the high-tech field so if you're looking for a Spanish degree career in engineering or computer science, this site can help.

LinkUp: I really like this site because the jobs that are posted are collected directly from company websites, and not necessarily from job boards. That way you don't have to weed out any job postings that are out-of-date. It's done for you automatically.

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