Careers for English Speakers

No matter what field you plan to go into, communication is key. With so many people speaking English across the globe, more and more communication is done in English. According to a Financial Times article, in 2007 there were approximately 1.5 billion people speaking “reasonably well English”. NationMaster, a website providing country specific data and statistics, compared the number of English speaker in each country and found that the majority of speakers reside in America, India, and the United Kingdom (to no surprise!). Over the years, however, we have seen these numbers change as more people learn English.

One primary reason people are learning English today is because of career opportunities – either locally, or even overseas. Learning English for work can give you a competitive edge against other candidates in the application pool. Here are some top fields that require English on a daily basis:

  • Communications – Advertising, Public Relations, Customer Service, Telecommunications, Journalism, etc.
  • International Business – International Trade (Export/Import), Executive, Secretary, Receptionist, Manager, Sales, etc.
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Education – English Teacher, Study Abroad Advisor/International Student Advisor, etc.
  • Government
  • Science – Scientist, Doctor, Nurse, Archeologist, Researcher, Engineer, etc.
  • Construction
  • Tourism – Travel Agent, Airlines, Car Rental, Hotel or Restaurant Management, Visitor Bureau, National Park and Museum Staff, etc.

Once you start thinking about how useful English is, you will begin to add more industries and positions to this list. While you may already have the skills and training, a large part of many jobs – especially managerial – require you to effectively communicate. Learning English will allow you to translate these skills and interact with people all around the world.