Reasons to Study German

Why learn German? Did you know that:

  • German is by far the most widely spoken native tongue in the European Union with 88 million native speakers (English and French are 60 million each.)
  • After English and French, German is the third most popular language to learn in the world and the most widely spoken language in Europe
  • One out of every ten books published in the world is published in German
  • German is an official language in seven countries; Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, and Italy? It is a "Lingua Franca" in Eastern Europe, which means that Eastern Europeans with different mother tongues use German to communicate.
  • 68% of all Japanese students study German
  • About 20 million people learn German in 94 different countries of the world
  • German is a very important business language because Germany has the third highest GNP in the world after the U.S. and Japan
  • For many scientists and researchers a knowledge of German is essential

The Multicultural World

German is important in today's multicultural world for many reasons. It is your ticket to career advancement, because:

  • German is a key business language in the European Union and in the rapidly growing markets of Central and Eastern Europ
  • Germany is America's largest European trading partner; more than 750 major American firms are doing business in Germany.
  • 1,100 German companies do business in the U.S. and their presence continues to grow.
  • In a survey conducted by the German-American chamber of commerce, 65% of all respondents stated they were looking specifically for German/English bilingual skills when hiring new employees.
  • German companies in the U.S. pay German-speaking employees premium salaries.

Career Examples

Here are some professional fields where German is either required or useful.

Service Careers

  • World Health Organization Worker
  • Teaching
  • Library Services
  • Police Services

Industry and Commerce

  • International Banking
  • World Bank
  • Import/Export
  • Overseas Branches of Corporations
  • Overseas Investment Analysis
  • Bilingual/Multilingual Administration
  • Communications
  • Translation

Scientific/Professional Fields

  • research and Development of high-tech products
  • Medicine
  • Law

U.S. Government

  • Federal Bureru of Investigation
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Commerce
  • Foreign Service
  • Attaches

Arts, Media & Entertainment

  • Foreign Correspondence
  • Publishing
  • Film Production
  • Recording
  • Art Dealership

Travel and Tourism

  • Wine Industry
  • Hotel/Restaurant Industry
  • Airlines
  • Exchange Program Coordination
  • Travel Agency
  • Resort/Cruise Management