What Can I Do With a Major in... German

The world is tied together by many bonds--economic, diplomatic and human--and because of technological advances in transportation and communication, an increasing number of Americans rely on the knowledge of a foreign language. Concentrated study of the languages and cultures of other nations contributes significantly to the improvement of international relations.

The Department of German provides education in the language, literature, and culture traditionally designated as German, as expressed in the language and cultural heritage of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Its faculty members engage in research and teaching activities focused on German language, literature, and culture from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. University graduates with degrees in German frequently enter the teaching profession. They also find positions in government, Foreign Service, and commercial enterprise.

General Career Information
 
Sample Job Titles

Entry Level

  • Customs Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Interpreter 
  • Language Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • United Nations Officer

Education + Experience

  • Foreign Correspondent
  • International Consultant
  • Officer for the Department of State
  • Professor
  • Translator

 

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These job titles are not an exhaustive list, but rather, represent the types of positions most widely recruited for.

  • Customs Officer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • International Consultant
  • Interpreter
  • Language Teacher
  • Officer for the Department of State
  • Professor
  • Social Worker
  • Translator
  • United Nations Officer

 

 
Employment Areas
  • Academia
  • Government
  • Private Corporations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Publicly Traded Corporations
 
Job and Internship Listings

Professional Organizations
 
Organizations That Have Hired UI Students and Alumni
  • U.S. Department of State
  • European Language School

This is only a partial list - to view a complete list of organizations that recruit UI students and alumni, please visit: www.careers.uiowa.edu/students/uirecruit.html

 
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