What Can I Do with a Spanish Degree?

The Spanish language is important in business, government and private sectors. If you decide to earn a degree in Spanish, you'll be entering a career field with many and varied options. Schools offering Spanish degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Spanish Degree Career Paths by Area

Spanish is the primary language in 21 countries and for about 350-500 million people. Spanish is also the second most commonly used language in international relations. Many occupations for Spanish majors are available in several fields. Although each might encompass several job titles, the necessary skills for the jobs in each area tend to overlap. You might be able to tailor your program of study to include courses relevant to your area of interest.

Important Facts About the Highest Paying Health Professions

Travel Agents High School Teachers Interpreters and Translators
Median Salary (2018) $38,700 $60,320 $49,930
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 12% decline 8% growth 18% growth
Key Skills Attention to detail; customer focused; clear spoken communication; organization; salesmanship Clear written and spoken communication; patience; ingenuity Business acumen; clear communication; cultural awareness; concentration
Similar Occupations Information clerks; secretaries and administrative assistants; meeting, convention, and event planners Career and technical education teachers; childcare workers; elementary, middle, and high school principals; social workers Medical transcriptionists; special education teachers; technical writers; writers and authors

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The travel industry welcomes bilingual job seekers, whether in the United States or abroad. As a travel industry professional with a Spanish degree, you might work as a tour guide, a travel agent, an airport reservations agent or for customer service in a hotel. Many professionals in this category develop strong communication skills so that they can meet travelers' needs effectively.


Spanish teachers in the United States work in public schools, as private tutors and in college classrooms. Beyond simply teaching Spanish to students, you might also find a job teaching English to Spanish-speaking students or you might write the textbooks that students use to study Spanish. Opportunities for Spanish teachers are available across the globe.


Any government agency that touches foreign or immigrant Spanish-speaking populations will employ educated Spanish speakers. Jobs are available in diplomacy, translation, interpreting, civil service, customs and more. You may find yourself working for the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Treasury, Citizenship and Immigration, AmeriCorps VISTA or the Peace Corps.


A Spanish degree is useful for a business career, although you may wish to study the field of business in addition to taking the required Spanish language classes. Spanish degree holders can enter the business world at many different levels, from clerical to managerial, and you might find yourself handling many aspects of business relations, from importation to representation to marketing.


Spanish degree holders with writing or entertainment experience might consider finding a job in the communications field. This field includes journalists, editors and writers for all types of media, as well as broadcast professionals, photographers and more. If you are good at creating understanding through translation, you might work as a translator for news segments, books or other forms of communication.

Choosing a Career

The variety of careers available to Spanish majors may seem daunting, but remember that you can usually take your time making a choice. Many schools offer career counseling services that can help you narrow down your interests. Taking introductory classes in a few different areas might be helpful, as well. The skills you learn in a Spanish degree program can be useful, no matter which area you choose.

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