French Program

French for Professional Purposes

The advocacy toolkit of the French Embassy in the US contains numerous sources underlining how is French proficiency useful in the American job market, such as:

Key findings include:

  • 9 out of 10 U.S. employers rely on employees with language skills other than English.
  • 56% say their foreign language demand will increase in the next 5 years.
  • 22% state a need in French language skills.
  • French is the third-most in-demand foreign language among U.S. employers (after Spanish and Chinese) and is cited by 17% of respondents as being in short supply.

Key findings include:

  • 22,300 job offers published online in 2015 in the United States were looking for bilingual candidates in French
  • French is especially demanded in the humanitarian sector, with three humanitarian organizations posting hundreds of jobs for French speakers in 2015.