Why Study Russian

Russian in Your Career

While learning Russian brings personal and intellectual satisfaction, students are also understandably concerned about career opportunities. Is Russian a marketable skill? The answer is definitely yes, but in an increasingly complex world where demands are constantly changing, it is sometimes difficult to keep abreast of opportunities. Teaching used to provide employment for the largest number of Russian language majors, and government was the next most productive source of jobs.

Here are the employment pages for the CIA, the FBI, The United States State Department and the NSA. Also check out USA Jobs, run by the Office of Personnel Management.

Today, however, Russian majors have the opportunity to use their language and culture skills in a broad variety of settings in both Russia and the United States. Students go on to work in business as financial and policy analysts for American and Russian companies They work for non-governmental organizations, for publishing houses, for the print and broadcast media. They teach in Russian schools, and consult in fields such as marketing, advertising, aerospace, and computer engineering. And, of course, some continue to go on to do more traditional work as teachers in universities and schools, and as employees of the United States government.

Wherever they work, however, they find that it was a thorough mastery of the Russian language that opened doors for them, doors that would have remained forever closed without language skills and the knowledge of culture that accompanies them.

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