The Federal Government is the largest employer of Americans with foreign language skills, both in this country and abroad. Some agencies and departments have established "language essential" positions - but fewer than half are satisfactorily filled. This means greater opportunities for government employees with strong language capabilities. The following U.S. Government departments and agencies require personnel with language skills:
In areas where large numbers of citizens do not speak English, local governments need employees with foreign language skills. The extent to which foreign languages are used depends on the ethnic makeup of the community. Some cities and states have offices of bilingual programs which carry out and oversee special programs for such groups. Social Workers, Counselors, Home Economists, and Education Specialists are often hired to serve Spanish-speaking residents. In New York City, a Police Officer will find Spanish highly useful -- over 500 police officers enroll each semester in Spanish courses offered by the City University of New York.