Bureau of Investigation
The FBI needs language professionals in a wide variety of languages
both on a contract and permanent basis. The contract linguist
positions entail interpreting, testing monitoring, and translation
skills. These contracted employees are considered self-employed
and do not have the same benefits as other FBI employees. Language
specialists perform the same types of tasks as the contract linguists,
but this is a full-time salary position. Much higher education
background is required for language specialists, on a variety
of levels, with the highest being 6 years of experience and a
PhD. All language employees of the FBI must be fluent in reading,
writing, speaking, and listening, complete a battery of oral and
written examinations, and be US citizens.
One of the core positions with the CIA is foreign area specialist.
The more specific job title in this area is entitled Open Source
Officer, and as an integral part of the Agency's mission, a variety
of tasks are expected. Language ability is, of course, required
including ability to read, write, speak, and translate into a
foreign language. Eligible individuals should also have extensive
regional and cultural knowledge of a specific area of the world,
and most of the current foreign employees have lived in their
region of interest.
The NSA needs linguists who would perform a variety of language
services such as translation, transcription, reporting, and analyzing
information that is of national concern and global importance.
These language specialists must be able to take into account current
and past political and cultural factors. Opportunities abound
from anything to field assignments abroad, language teaching and
research, or mastery of a new language.
and Naturalization Service
The INS offers a wide variety of opportunity with their 9 core
careers, and every job requires the knowledge of Spanish. Education
level depends on position entry level, and education in other
fields may be required. Career choices with the INS include Immigration
Inspector, Border Patrol Agent, Deportation Officer, and Immigration
Information Officer, for example.
This website provides a fairly comprehensive list of employment
opportunities with the UN and other International Organizations.
This list changes monthly, but language specialist positions are