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A wide Italian boulevard. How can Italian be useful to your career? Here are a few examples:

  • Law: Italian is the closest existing language to Latin, which can help with remembering law terms.
  • Anthropology: According to UNESCO, most of the world's cultural heritage sites are in Italy.
  • Art: Some of the most remarkable cultural works in the entire world were produced by Italians and some words in the field are still Italian or have Italian roots.
  • History: Italian gives you access to one of the richest cultural traditions in Western Civilization (the Roman Empire, the Renaissance).
  • Medicine: Learning Italian as a world language will help you with memorization of Latin-based words (and help you kill your admission interview).
  • Engineering: Italy is a world leader in machine tool manufacturing, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, and construction machinery.
  • English & World Languages: Italian will help you gain a better understanding of your first language; also, Italy inspired a lot of world writers such as Keats (buried in Rome), Shelley, Byron, and many more.
  • Business: Many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. About 7,500 American companies do business with Italy, and more than 1,000 US firms have offices in Italy (IBM, Citybank, Motorola, General Electric, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, to name a few).
  • Music and Theatre: Opera was born in the Italian language, so world singers need to know Italian to sing operas.

A crowd enjoying night on a square in front of an old building. Other careers students of Italian can pursue are:

  • computer programming and web design
  • public relations
  • journalism
  • telecommunications
  • arts administration
  • politics
  • government employment
  • diplomacy
  • international Trade
  • military
  • priesthood and mission work