Diversity Jobs

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Diversity jobs refer to any positions that deal with multicultural and bilingual issues. For the most part, applicants for jobs such as these must have a command of at least one foreign language. In lieu of that, skills in conflict-resolution, cultural sensitivity, and diplomacy are also strong resume-boosters and can help qualify a candidate for a given job.

The most frequently requested second language by those offering diversity jobs is Spanish. Roughly 10 percent of the total U.S. population speaks Spanish, and nearly 13.5 percent is of Hispanic origin. In cities such as Miami and Los Angeles, Spanish is spoken with nearly as much frequency as English, though this tends to break down by region or neighborhood, so these figures might seem disproportionately high to those living in English-speaking sections of those metropolises.

What Kinds of Diversity Jobs Are out There?

Any job you can think of can use employees with mastery of Spanish or other foreign languages, even (especially!) English teachers. More and more children are learning English as a second language, which requires native speakers with more than a passing familiarity with Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and idiom. Since more schools are opting for "immersion" strategies, it's not always necessary for these teachers to speak fluently, but proficiency is considered a bare minimum.

Beyond teaching, there are literally thousands of diversity jobs ranging from translators to health care workers. Those applying for doctor jobs in Spanish-speaking regions must have a command of the language if they hope to distinguish themselves as serious applicants. The same holds true of nurse jobs, which depend on their candidates' ability to communicate clearly in order to make an accurate diagnosis and find the best course of treatment.

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