Career Opportunities for Majors in East Asian Languages and Area Studies


The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offer major programs in Asian Studies, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. 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 East Asian cultures. 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.

The study of Asian Languages and Cultures as a major is versatile and helps develop skills that are 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, research projects, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Foreign Affairs Officer Market Research Specialist
Advertising Account Exec. Foreign News Correspondent Mental Health Specialist
Archivist Foreign Service Officer Multicultural Program Coordinator
Attorney Foreign Student Advisor Museum Curator
Business Manager Fundraiser/Development Researcher Nonprofit Administrator
Campaign Manager Government Agency Admin Peace Corps Worker
Case Manager Grant Writer Policy Developer
Community Affairs Specialist Healthcare Administrator Politician
Community Relations Historic Preservation Specialist Professor/Educator
Consultant Historic Site Administrator Program Education Administrator
Consumer Advocate Human Resources Specialist Psychologist
Copy Writer Immigration Officer Public Administrator
Corporate Trainer Import/Export Specialist Public Health Educator
Counselor Intelligence Specialist Public Information Officer
Cultural Affairs Officer International Advocate Public Policy Specialist
Curriculum Developer International Banker Public Relations Specialist
Customer Relations Rep International Conference Planner Publications Specialist
Customer Service International Consultant Researcher
Customs/Immigration Officer International Developer Special Interest Advocate
Development Researcher International Relations Specialist Supply Chain Manager
Disaster Relief Coordinator International Trade Specialist Translator/Interpreter
Domestic/International Advocate Interpretor Travel and Tourism Consultant
Economic Community Housing Specialist Journalist Travel Consultant
Editor/Writer Labor Relations Specialist Volunteer Coordinator
Employee Relations Specialist Lawyer Writer/Author
Equity and Diversity Officer Learning & Development Spec
FBI/CIA Agent 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

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

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

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