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Is a Career in Language Calling Your Name? See All You Need To Know About the Industry Here: 

A Language professional teaches students the body of words spoken from the mouth amongst a specific group or nationality. The language can be studied by being spoken or written down, but learned so as one person can communicate to another in the same language.

Working in languages could see you working in different countries as a translator or teaching in educational environments as a language professional.

Is Language Right For Me?

To be a language professional you must be highly organised as is the trait of any good teacher. If you always leave things to the last minute this profession might not be what you are looking for. Teaching plans or even setting aside the time to learn a new language is the key to succeeding in this industry.

As well as being organised, language professionals need to be compassionate, sensitive and patient with themselves but mostly with others when trying to learn new skills. Keeping a calm head encourages focus and productivity in the long run.

Working in language means working with others. Feeling comfortable in the company of people is a must in this profession. Language is about communication and we generally use it in everyday life to reach out to one another.

Job Opportunities

If you are considering a career in language, here is a few facts to think about from the Australian Government Job Outlook Initiative:

  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $2,000 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow moderately to 50,400. Around 29,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
  • University Lecturers and Tutors work in most parts of Australia.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 41.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).

Types of Courses

There are a variety of short courses in the language field. Whether it is a specific language you are looking learn or an area of expertise in the language profession, short courses are a great way to pick up the knowledge needed to kick-start your career in communication.

Here is a brief overview of courses available with a short description to go with it:

Short Courses in Foreign Languages

Take your pick of short courses in the mother tongue you wish to learn. These courses vary in duration but generally run on a week to week basis and teach the fundamentals of the oral and written words of the preferred language you enrolled in.

Career Outcomes

After completing a language course, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a wide range of roles across multiple industries. Roles you may take on include:

  • TESOL Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Translator