Government Language Jobs... Worth It?

When thinking about current government jobs that use a foreign language, your mind probably goes one of two directions: the Intelligence Community or the Department of State.

What you probably don't know is that there are departments that you wouldn't even think of that are in desperate need of employees with critical language skills!

The United States is a major exporter of grain in the world. As a result, the Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agriculture Service helps link U.S. agriculture with the world by helping global food security and opening up new export opportunities.

A significant part of the U.S. economy is trade based, and international exports are an important part of our economy. The Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration improves the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.

Organizations that make up international development tend to get a bad reputation, but institutions such as U.S. Agency for International Development, the Export-Import Bank, the African Development Foundation, and others are crucial to securing the globe and ensuring basic human rights for all citizens.

Additionally, each agency has their own Office of International Affairs, to stay abreast of mission-related issues around the world.

Intelligence & Law Enforcement

Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs


Trade & Finances

Science & Climate


Government Language Jobs... What Next?

The only way to apply for federal jobs is to do so is through Though we are happy to provide guidance on the best fit for you, we do not currently have the means to connect applicants with federal recruiters. Below is a collection of tips that will help you with your application.

The most important thing to remember when applying is that USAJobs is a government organization. Therefore the process takes a long time, a very long time. We recommend that you plan to have another job while you submit your USAJOBS application.

After submitting your application, it can take from 6 to 18 months to start your job, depending on a variety of factors. We suggest you plan to have a gap job while your application goes through.

We have more specific tips and hints for government job applications shortly!