The Top 5 Miami Industries in need of Bilingual Speakers
Published: Mar 30, 2016 By Jasmine Coole
It comes to nobody’s surprise that bilingual job candidates are hot commodities in today’s globalized market. To employers, bilingual employees are invaluable in bridging the communication gap between multicultural audiences. And to job seekers, fluency in a second language opens a world of unique opportunities that single-language speakers would never have.
Florida’s Spanish-speaking population is certainly no exception. Over two-thirds of Miami residents call Spanish their first language, according to the 2010 United States Census. And according to the same report, over half of Miami’s population was born outside of the U.S.—the highest percentage of foreign-born residents in any city in the world.
As the number of non-English speakers in the U.S. is expected to rise, so too are the industries in need of bilingual speakers. Bilingual Miami residents would be keen to take advantage of these top industries that are in the most need for bilingual speakers:
Florida’s public schools have been struggling to find enough qualified bilingual teachers over recent years for two reasons: The significant increase in dual language programs, and more students who are immigrants and need to learn English. A successful teaching candidate needs to be highly proficient in speaking—as well as reading and writing—in both languages.
Putting “bilingual” as a skill on your resume is a surefire way to land a job in the customer service industry. From retail workers to restaurant servers, employers covet the candidate who can connect with even more customers in hopes of bringing in more profits. There’s also tremendous opportunities for managers in the industry, as they are key to creating and promoting a more diverse and inclusive company culture.
Bilingual healthcare professionals bridge communication gaps between limited-English proficiency patients and other medical staff, building trust and ensuring better quality healthcare. Being bilingual has also helped to save lives, making the ability to communicate fluently under pressure a vital skill to have.
Creating a little bit of paradise for vacationing tourists in Miami is certainly easier when you can understand what the guest is saying. It’s the job of hotel managers, concierges and front desk clerks to ensure their guests feel like royalty, and nothing is more frustrating for a tourist than a language barrier. Being bilingual in the hospitality industry helps eliminate miscommunication to create memorable traveling experiences for every guest.
Whether you’re facilitating media relationships as a publicist or covering the latest news story as a journalist, the written and spoken word is your livelihood. In fact, there is a severe lack of qualified, bilingual investigative journalists that serve the Spanish-speaking population today. Top publications that offer content in multiple languages are becoming even more prevalent, and communication agencies have begun tailoring their services to accommodate dual-language clients.