Careers in Learning German

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    Teaching German

    • People with knowledge of German can teach or tutor German as a way to further their German language skills. Public schools in the U.S. typically require a bachelor's degree and attainment of PRAXIS I and II certifications. Some states may even require a master's degree. Private tutoring opportunities may only require language fluency. Teaching at the college level may have less stringent certification requirements, but applicants will generally need a master's degree or more.

    Translation and Interpretation

    • Helping others understand spoken and written German is another way that learners can earn money. Careers in translation are often freelance opportunities, with translators being self-employed. A degree is generally not required, but can be helpful in securing jobs translating documents. Often times, translators work with legal paperwork or other important international forms. Some institutions, such as the University of Illinois, Chicago, require transcripts from other countries to be interpreted by interpreters licensed through the county. Interpreters operate similarly to translators, providing oral translations of German. Interpreters differ from translators in that they usually work in live-action settings, such as a television broadcast, speech or phone conversation.

    International Law

    • With a large number of international firms located in Germany and other German-speaking countries, the demand for international legal services has grown. German language speakers who have also expressed an interest in law can find many opportunities in this field. These positions will often facilitate increased learning about Germany and its culture, as workers regularly travel between their home country and German-speaking firms. Those wishing to practice as lawyers will naturally have to pass their state's bar examination in addition to studying German. However, additional careers as paralegals or legal assistants may require only a bachelor's or even an associates degree in addition to some legal training.

    Other Careers

    • Any business that regularly interacts with Austrian, Swiss or German clients will probably employ people who know German. Furthermore, many eastern European nations rely on German as their second language when communicating. For example, a Slovenian government official said he uses German to communicate with people in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, as well as Austria. The EU has found that, even though there are significantly fewer native speakers of German throughout the world, a very large number of people learn German as a second language. Diplomacy, tourism, business relations and even marketing are just some of the many fields that may need individuals who speak German as a second language.

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