Those looking for a job may want to emphasize their language skills. In the last five years, the demand for employees in the United States who know more than one language has more than doubled, according to a report recently released by the New American Economy.
The report, “Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market,” finds that employers are increasingly seeking workers who speak Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.
In 2010, there were roughly 240,000 job postings aimed at bilingual workers. But by 2015, that figure swelled to about 630,000. The study also showed that bilingual workers were in demand for both low and high-skilled positions such as financial managers, editors, and industrial engineers.
“In today’s global economy, businesses require employees who can serve customers in a variety of languages,” John Feinblatt, chairman of New American Economy, said in a prepared statement. “This research highlights the growing need to attract and promote a multilingual workforce among both foreign- and U.S.-born talent.”
Read the full story at NBC News: “Report: Want the Job? Be Able to Say So in More than One Language.”