Find Russian jobs in the US in healthcare, education, IT and technical industry, and sales. Positions for Russian speakers are advertised quite commonly. Companies filling linguistic positions in other languages may consider Russian skills a plus depending on the nature of the industry, particularly fields such as international defense. Below are several current openings in the US for individuals who know Russian language.
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Positions Needing Language Candidates
Positions that commonly require Russian are medical assistant, physical therapist, nanny, store manager, sales, case manager (for various government agencies including immigration, housing, and others), and education in both universities and public schools. Some of these jobs require specialization in a field such as medicine or education, along with native language skills. Individuals who seek ESL jobs and other jobs in public schools have an edge if they know foreign languages–but just knowing a foreign language isn’t enough to land most jobs, including teaching jobs. In this economy, nearly all jobs require specialized skills.
Russian Speakers in the US
Following the fall of the former USSR in the early 1990’s, the influx of Russian speakers into the USA grew at unprecedented rates. The areas of the United States with the largest Russian populations include Brooklyn, New York, West Los Angeles and West Hollywood in California, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Russian communities always host Ukranians, Armenians, Georgians, and other natives of former USSR nations, despite adversarial feelings some members of these communities may feel about political and historical events.
Major residence areas of Russian Americans include the following (source http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/249307.html):
- 3% – DC and Maryland
- 7% – Florida
- 8% – Massachusetts
- 10% – Pennsylvania
- 16% – Illinois
- 16% – California
- 24% – NY Tri State area
US and International Economy
The influx of Russians created a need for speakers to fill jobs in these communities. So, it is not uncommon to see openings for medical assistants, shop helpers, caretakers, graphic designers, electricians, and other workers who have language skills necessary to communicate with Russian emmigrants in these and other communities.
While language skills are helpful, specialized skills are also essential in landing most of these jobs. Teachers in US public schools must have specific credentials. Attorneys, doctors, massage therapists, and physical trainers must have licenses as well as education in order to secure positions–so while Russian language may send an applicant to the top of the list for an office hiring an attorney in Brighton Beach, language alone isn’t enough. On this board, look at job ads closely to see the required skills, and be sure that you highlight any relevant experience on your resume. Russian speakers are harder to find than applicants for Spanish jobs–imagine, already 12% of the US population speaks Spanish, so competition for jobs using this language is tighter than for other European or Asian languages.
Some fields are easier than others for candidates regardless of native language. Russians who have specialized degrees in nursing may be able to secure nursing or other medical jobs in many regions of the US. Likewise, the field of software engineering and computer programming are fields where Russian residents have often been able to find good jobs. Another industry is animation, web design, and other entertainment and artistic positions.
Whether you are a Russian native who knows English or US-born native speaker of English who has learned Russian skills during high school or college, there are many job openings in businesses that may need your skills. This job board lists many jobs for Russian speakers–bookmark the page and check for updates daily!