Graduates of Carthage’s Japanese program use their cultural knowledge and language skills in various careers after graduation. 

Japanese courses integrate many other subjects: politics, economics, art, literature, media, film, and geography. Students can easily combine Japanese with other majors, including religion, international political economy, business, art, marketing, physics, or history.

Here is a look at some career options for Japanese graduates. 

The cultural knowledge and language skills you gain from learning Japanese make you a valuable candidate for any employer, especially as the world continues to become increasingly globalized. With a more multicultural mindset and the ability to speak more than one language, the career possibilities are vast.

Here are just a few of the industries you can enter with a Japanese degree:

  • Enter banking, import/export, and legal industries with multinational companies that have links with Japan.
  • Become a scientist or engineer, or work in computer science with advanced Japanese language abilities. Take up research and employment opportunities in Japan or work on Japanese-related projects.
  • Work in the tourism industry as a marketing officer or tour guide.
  • Work for the military and become a language officer, translating and interpreting a foreign language to English, and vice versa.
  • Become an immigration officer or consultant.
  • Journalist
  • Airline employee
  • Customer service manager
  • Purchasing agent
  • Political consultant
  • Social worker
  • International partnerships manager
  • International tax consultant
  • Political analyst
  • Diplomatic agent
  • Political affairs officer
  • Chemist
  • Trade compliance analyst
  • Sales coordinator
  • Author
  • Artist/illustrator
  • Media and subtitle related work
  • Operations manager/supervisor
  • Analyst or data curator
  • IT and software employee
  • Blogger/content creator
  • International business employee
  • Cultural ambassador
  • Research associate
  • Investigation specialist
  • Export agent
  • Marketing specialist
  • Bilingual import/export coordinator
  • Risk investigator
  • Japanese banking relationship manager
  • English as a second language teacher (ESL)
  • Foreign language teacher
  • Translator
  • Interpreter

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme invites university graduates from overseas to participate in international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan. The programme offers university graduates the opportunity to serve in local government organizations as well as public and private primary, junior high and senior high schools.

Assistant Language Teacher Program (ALT)

The Chiba Prefectural Board of Education hires Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) from Wisconsin to assist English teachers in Japan, teaching classes at the middle and junior high school levels. Wisconsin’s ALTs may stay in Japan for a 1- to 3-year period of time, are paid a salary in yen equivalent to about $30,000 annually, and receive substantial benefits and training.