Career Opportunities for Majors in East Asian Languages and Area Studies


The East Asian Languages and Cultures Department offers major programs in Chinese and in East Asian Languages and Area Studies, and minor programs in Chinese, Japanese, and Asian Studies. For students just beginning the study of East Asian languages, the different writing systems, the complex characters and idioms, and the new set of sounds and inflections present intellectual challenges. Upper-level courses also offer more advanced students the opportunity for an in-depth analysis of another culture. Through courses on Chinese, Japanese and Korean civilization and literature, Rutgers students study the elements that formed these languages centuries ago and the forces that shape their modern expression.

Proficiency in an East Asian language opens doors to a wide range of opportunities for individual and academic growth, whether students seek the feeling of achievement that comes from mastering a different language, the practical skills that can lead to an exciting international career, or a new perspective on the world from a distant society. Today, students of East Asian languages enjoy expanded job opportunities, enhanced by a growing world economy and new political relationships. An impressive number of corporations and agencies operate branches worldwide as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea have become more important in international trade. East Asian Languages and Area Studies as a major is versatile and helps develop skills useful anywhere. Your major is only one of many variables to be considered when developing your career plans. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Employee Relations Specialist Market Research Specialist
Advertising Account Exec. FBI/CIA Agent Museum Curator
Archivist Foreign Service Officer Nonprofit Administrator
Attorney Foreign Student Advisor Peace Corps Worker
Business Manager Government Agency Admin Politician
Community Action Specialist Historic Preservation Specialist Professor/Educator
Community Affairs Specialist Historic Site Administrator Psychologist
Conflict Resolution Specialist Human Resources Specialist Public Administrator
Consultant Import/Export Specialist Public Information Officer
Consumer Advocate International Banker Public Policy Specialist
Copy Writer International Conference Planner Public Relations Specialist
Corporate Trainer International Consutant Publications Specialist
Counselor International Relations Specialist Translator
Cultural Affairs Officer International Trade Specialist Travel Consultant
Customer Relations Rep Interpretor Writer/Author
Customs/Immigration Officer Journalist .
Editor/Writer Lobbyist .

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Airlines/Airports Cultural Organizations Professional Associations
American Friends Service Entertainment Firms Project Hope
American Schools Abroad Foundations Public Interest Groups
Amnesty Int'l. Historic Sites/Historical Societies Public Relations Firms
Archives Hospitals Red Cross Int'l.
Banks Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts Retail Stores
Book Publishers Int'l. Exchange Programs School Systems
CARE, Inc Law Firms Social Service Agencies
Civic Organizations Libraries Television/Radio Stations
Clinics Manufacturing Firms Travel Agencies
Colleges/Universities Museums United Nations
Consulting Firms Newspapers/Magazines World Health Organization
Consumer Organizations Pan American Health Org. YMCA/YWCA


Government Agencies
Agency for Int'l. Development Immigration & Naturalization Service Office of Int'l. Coop. & Development
Bureau of Export Admin. Int'l. Trade Administration Office of Int'l. Education
Bureau of Int'l. Labor Affairs Library of Congress Office of Int'l. Policy & Programs
Bureau of Intelligence & Research NJ Governor's Commission on Int'l. Trade Peace Corps
CIA/FBI NJ Int'l. Trade Division Smithsonian Institution
Civil Rights Commission NJ Travel & Tourism Division Telecommunications Satellite Organization
Consumer Affairs Office National Endowment for the Humanities U.S. Customs Service
Department of Commerce National Security Agency U.S. Department of State
Foreign Commercial Service Office of Int'l. Affairs .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students

* Information is not available at this time on internships obtained from East Asian Languages and Area Studies

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - East Asian Languages and Area Studies

* Information is not available at this time on first jobs obtained from East Asian Languages and Area Studies

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - East Asian Languages and Area Studies

* Information is not available at this time on experienced jobs from East Asian Languages and Area Studies

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