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Studies have shown that bilingual employees can earn between 5% and 20% more money per hour than those who speak only one language. Dec 2017

Employers seek bilingual workers for both low- and high-skilled positions. In 2015, 60 percent of the jobs with the highest demand for bilingual workers were open to individuals with less than a bachelor's degree. Mar, 2017

Demand for Bilingual Workers More than Doubled in 5 years, New Report Shows
Date: March 1, 2017
New American Economy (NAE) released a report on the growing demand for bilingual talent in major industries in the United States. The research looks at online job posting data acquired by Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm that searches 50,000 job boards daily.

We will walk you through the seven most popular jobs for bilinguals.

1. TRANSLATORS AND INTERPRETERS
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that between now and 2026, the employment of translators and interpreters will increase by 18%, significantly faster than the 7 percent average for all occupations.
2. EMERGENCY SERVICES
3. PARAMEDICS
With the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimating a 15% increase in the demand of EMTs and Paramedics, you would have a better chance of securing a job in this field if you are a proficient speaker of a second language and expanding your bilingual careers. The benefits of being multilingual in the Healthcare Industry are many, right from providing a greater sense of comfort and understanding towards the patients and their culture, to opening up job prospects in other parts of the world for themselves.
4. HUMAN RESOURCES
5. CUSTOMER SERVICE
The BLS reports that the demand for Customer Service Representatives will grow by 5% within the next 10 years. Multilingual call centers are becoming the norm and are always on the lookout for culturally savvy call handlers, making customer service a growing industry for bilingual jobs.
6. SOCIAL WORKERS OR COMMUNITY WORKERS
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for Social Workers will grow by 16% by 2026, much faster than the average.
Disaster relief worker is another key job where language and cultural sensitivity play an important role. These first responders react to natural disasters, wars, or outbreaks of disease in the country. As cultural awareness and effective communication skills are just as important as good judgment and tact for social or community workers, fluency in multiple languages becomes a key component for successful performance, thereby making it one of the top bilingual jobs across the world.
7. BANK TELLERS
Although money knows no language, its owners do! According to research by McKinsey and Company, 30-60% of people still prefer managing a part of their banking at a physical branch, despite the boom of online and mobile banking. The customers who walk into banking halls speak different languages, so it’s essential that bank tellers are proficient in a second language. Particularly in the United States, the demand for bank tellers who are bilinguals, fluent in English and Spanish, is skyrocketing as more and more banks look to tap into the growing number of Spanish-speaking communities.

Bilingual Jobs on the Rise
Blythe Kazmierczak

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