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  • Your best bet would probably be a translator.
  • You can be lots of things. You can become a teacher (like me!), a translator, a guide or other worker in the tourist industry... there are too many possibilities to just make one list right here. You can be an etymology researcher for dictionaries (obscure, yes, but I always thought that sounded like a fun job!). You can also get jobs that don't necessarily have an immediate link to languages. I recently got a joint degree in French and Spanish. I have chosen a teaching career, but other students in my department have gone on to journalism, law school, medical school (they used their electives to take the required science courses), and consulting jobs. Languages are increasingly viewed as an asset in all sorts of situations. As for the most sought-after language by employers... Spanish is definitely useful in the USA because the Spanish-speaking population is so large. I know a doctor who went back to school to learn Spanish when he was middle-aged. His practice was in California and many of his patients spoke Spanish better than English. He realized that he could serve his patients much better if he had even a basic grasp of their language. Asian languages, especially Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, are also gaining in popularity as more Western countries do business with East Asia. But in the end it comes down to where you live. If you live and work in an area that has a significant immigrant population from a given area, knowing their language is an asset even if it's not considered a "major world language."
  • Learn arabic. For obvious reasons its in demand and will probably remain so for the next few decades.
  • Military officer

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