The Most Valuable Second Languages to Land a Job

Remember when your high school teachers told you that “you’ll need this information later in life”? Well as it turns out, they were right. Maybe not your calculus teacher. But your language teacher was on to something. The advantages in the workplace of knowing more than one language are astounding!


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Earn More in Your Career

Working full time, about 28% of your week will be on the job. So, how can you increase your income? Research from Wharton and LECG Europe shows you can make at least 2% more a year by being bilingual. And that’s just the start. In the military, you could make up to $1000 more a month!

Innumerable Job Opportunities

There is a broad spectrum of jobs requiring a known second language. Think of the countless national and international business you pass while driving down the parkway. Each of them likely has a position for someone that can communicate the nation’s secondary language (Spanish in the United States, for example) or perhaps even be the connection between offices in separate countries. The opportunities span from the local bank to international politics, depending on your passion.

Enhanced Performance in the Workplace

An often-overlooked value for those who are multilingual is the cognitive improvement. Study after study has found that bilingualism can improve brain functions (like focusing) and perform mental tasks. A study by Northwestern University even shows that bilingual individuals tend to process information with more ease and efficiency. This is likely due to the brain’s constant exercise in choosing words between different languages.

The Most Valuable Second Languages

There’s a distinct correlation between the popularity of a language and its value to you and employers.

Mandarin (1 billion)

With just over one billion people speaking Mandarin, China’s primary language, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most valuable to learn. As China remains one of the world’s largest economic influences, the career choices continue to expand.


Spanish (400 million)

Spanish is a native language for many of the South and Central American countries that are economically surging. Even the United States has an approximated 17% Hispanic population. As most American’s know, Spanish might be the most desired second language for employers.

Arabic (420 million)

Though ranging in Arabic dialects, the Arab world is one of the fastest rising economies, with a GPD of over $600B. And because of the economy’s freshly-popular prominence, the number of Americans learning the language is still relatively low. This makes Arabic speaking job-searchers more valuable!

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Portuguese (220 million)

With Brazil having the eighth largest economy in 2017, the country’s native language (Portuguese) has gained popularity and value. A fluent speaker of the language definitely holds an advantage, as a majority of the population is under 30 years old. This implies a young, booming market!


German (105 million)

German is the most common language in Europe. On top of that, it’s the primary language for economic powerhouses like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, and Belgium. Learning the language is a clear advantage to those looking to grow their career through connection with Europe.


Italian (63 million)

Spoken in over 30 countries around the world, Italian is the official language of such places as Italy, Switzerland and even the Vatican City. Widely known as a beautiful romance language, Italian is also one not as widely pursued as some of those listed above making it a great option to help set yourself apart for any company with either ties to or locations in an around this beautiful and growing European country.

It’s Never Too Late

It’s never too late to enjoy the financial and mental benefits of being bilingual. All you have to do is get started. With the right language program, learning can be fun and help you achieve the career goals you’ve set.

About the Author of this Guest Post

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