Languages & Culture

Jumpstart your career in languages and cultures

The Department of Languages and Cultures prepares students for jobs in multiple fields such as education, government, nonprofit work, communications, law, diplomacy, business, nursing, environmental science, advertising, marketing and social media. In particular, K-12 Spanish teachers are needed in New Jersey and across the United States, and bilingual Spanish skills are increasingly in demand for both local businesses and international commerce. Here are some key national career statistics for languages and cultures majors from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and PayScale.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries in Languages and Cultures Fields (NACE)

Noteworthy Mid-Career Languages and Cultures Jobs and Salaries (PayScale)

Secondary School Teacher $78,900 Adult & Secondary ESL Teacher $78,900Community Development Mgr $117,946 Intelligence Analyst $81,400 Interpreter/Translator $52,330 Court Reporter/ Captioner $61,660 Senior Technical Writer $107,135
Six months out of graduation

Alumni employed or in graduate school 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

Our students enjoy opportunities to learn and develop outside of the classroom through study abroad experiences, internships, career development workshops, community engagement, and the chance to work with professors on research and present at conferences. Students can also join the Spanish Club and earn membership in Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society.

What You'll Learn

In languages and cultures, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • foreign language skills
  • verbal and written communication skills
  • ability to seek out information, examine assumptions and premises, and write meaningful conclusions based upon objective facts

Key Skills for Careers in Languages and Cultures

as indicated by Employers and Alumni on LinkedIn

Critical Thinking

Curriculum Development

Customer Service

Data Analysis

Digital Fluency

Language Fluency

Verbal & Written Communication

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021