People with a fluency in Arabic have the advantage of new job openings today. The demand for Arabic speaking people exists both in and outside the rich Arab world. While most Arabic jobs only require native or near-native fluency to get the job, some of them require post-graduate or international study.
If you are fluent in both Arabic and English, you should consider taking up Arabic translator jobs and Arabic interpreter jobs. Though both jobs require fluency in both languages, translators work with written work and interpreters work with spoken Arabic.
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Translators should be fluent in dialects too
Besides fluency in the two languages, a translator should be well versed with Modern Standard Arabic, as it is the largely accepted written form of Arabic. However in case of interpreters, they should be familiar with various Arabic dialects as people from different countries speak different dialects, and thus they should be able to handle any Arabic interpretation assignment.
Teaching is another of the popular options for Arabic speaking jobs as there is always a demand for qualified Arabic instructors in universities, community centers and colleges and private language institutes.
Teach Arab classes
Many U.S. private language institutes and universities offer courses in Modern Standard Arabic and dialect classes. However in the Arab world, there are various classes in the local dialects, catering to the communication needs of exchange program students, relocated foreigners and to teach anyone who wants to communicate with locals.
There are also various Arabic jobs available in various levels of positions in nongovernmental and environmental organizations, human rights organizations, women’s centers and Arab cultural centers. These organizations require people who are not only bilingual, but also bicultural in both US and the Arab world.
The military offers Arabic speaking jobs
Similarly, Arabic speaking jobs are in great demand in the U.S. Foreign Service, homeland security offices and military. This is mainly due to the increased intelligence and military operations that take place in the Middle East.
The jobs offered here range from traditional intelligence jobs to negotiations with local contractors and jobs involving the preparation of documents. The jobs and job requirements for these jobs however vary between government to private military agencies.
The finance field offers various job opportunities too
You can also look for Arabic jobs in the many cities of the Middle East that have become centers of finance and international trade. These cities work as brokers and coordinating points for the trade of vast mineral wealth of the Middle East with cities in Europe, Asia and Africa. So people with a sound financial or business background and knowledge of the Arabic language have various job opportunities to choose from in these sectors.
News organizations and media producers offer Arabic speaking jobs to people to help them organize their Middle East operations. Even those without media or journalism experience can get Arabic jobs in the administrative and organizational fields of these organizations. Arabic translator jobs are also in demand for help in translating documents and contracts outside of Middle East.
Dan Whitehouse is a writer for Top Language Jobs