SPANISH

General Information:
Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. It is spoken as a first language by about 352 million people, or by 417 million including non-native speakers (according to 1999 estimates).
Because it has become such a popular language in today's international world, learning and being fluent in Spanish is an extremely valuable cultural link. A major in Spanish, coupled with a major or minor in another discipline, can open a wide variety of doors for all students.
During your education, it might be a wise idea to travel to a foreign country or study abroad in international exchange programs to learn more about the culture. Volunteering language skills to community organizations, churches, or programs that work with people who speak your target language can also be very beneficial.

Career Possibilities:
Ambassador
Archivist
Art Dealer
Bilingual Educator
Communications Specialist
Court Interpreter
Customs/Immigration Officer
Educational Translator
Foreign Services Officer
Importer/Exporter
Intelligence Specialist
International Conference Planner
International Hotel Administrator
Library Technician
Museum Curator
Negotiator
Nursing
Police Officer
Professor
Public Health Administrator
Publishing Specialist
School Counseling
Scientific Linguist
Sports Agent
Teacher
Translator for Government
Travel Agent
International Business
International Relations Officer
International Brand Manager
Linguist
Broadcasting
FBI / CIA Agent

Applicable UCCS Graduate Programs:

M.A. Communication
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
M.A. Sociology

 

Statistics:

Interpreters and translators current employment: 24,000 jobs
Projected need for 2002-2012: 8,000 additional employees
More than 2 in 10 interpreters and translators are self-employed.
Translators are most in demand for the languages referred to as "PFIGS"-Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish, and the principal Asian languages-Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Median Salary of salaried interpreters and translators: $34,190
Highly skilled interpreters and translators-for example, high-level conference interpreters-working full time can earn more than $100,000 annually.
Individuals classified as language specialists for the Federal Government earned an average of $64,234 annually in 2003.

 

UCCS Clubs:

International Business Fraternity)
International Student Club
Latino Student Union (LSU)
Model United Nations
Spanish Club

 

For More Information

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