Bilingual jobs are everywhere.
If you speak two or more languages, you have a lot of opportunities out there with different kinds of jobs that you can do.
One of the most popular places for bilingual people to look for work is at the airport.
There are a lot of reasons for this but I think they can be boiled down to a couple of strong reasons:
- Benefits are usually pretty good
- There are a lot of opportunities to do different things
Maybe you’ve been looking at some bilingual airport jobs but aren’t quite sure what jobs are out there and maybe where you should go to look for these jobs.
The purpose of this article is to answer those two questions.
And first, we’ll start with the most asked:
What are some bilingual airport jobs?
Before you start your job search for a bilingual airport job, it’s important to know what kinds of jobs are out there.
A lot of times we think of the obvious jobs (gate agent or airline rep) but there are plenty of other types of jobs at the airport that require the unique bilingual language skills that you have.
Here are some of the more popular bilingual airport jobs that you might find as a good fit.
Airport Operations Crew/Customer Service
A member of the airport operations crew is primary responsible for providing customer service to airport customers, ususally at the ticket counter or the gate.
Airport operations include everything from ticketing and sales to flight reservations. It could also include doing things like preparing the airplane for boarding or making announcements over the PA system (haven’t you always wanted to do that!).
Being bilingual is a clear advantage to anyone who works as part of the airport operations crew because as you know, travel is international and there are always issues with flights with people from all over.
You might work at the airport in Philadelphia but if you’re fluent in Chinese, for example, you will have plenty of work helping Chinese speakers navigate the sometimes difficult and complicated travel process.
An aircraft refueler is exactly what it sounds like, someone that helps to fuel the aircraft.
But while “fueling” is in the job title, there are plenty of other responsibilities that you’ll have in addition to fueling.
For example, if you’re located in a cold-weather environment or location, you’ll also be likely responsible for performing de-icing duties. Which means clearing snow and ice from the aircraft and runway to ensure that the aircraf is safe to take off in those wintery conditions.
Bilingual skills are also a plus for this job and would help your ability to advance in the ranks because you’d be able to supervise people that don’t speak English as a first language.
Just make sure that you’re willing to work outside in bad weather or else you might not like it so much!
Tickt Agent/Baggage Handler
You know when you’re sitting on the airplane waiting for it to take off and you look out the window and see your luggage being loaded on the plane?
Well, the baggage handlers are reponsible for making sure that your luggage makes it from the check-in counter to your airplane (as well as making sure the luggage gets transferred on layovers).
Obviously you need to be able to lift at least 70 pounds and work outside in inclement weather. In addition, you need to have a valid drivers license so that you can drive the luggage cars from the terminal to the airplane.
And again, being bilingual is going to be a huge plus for you in this situation, likely helping you earn more per hour than your monolingual colleagues.
Bilingual Airport Jobs
Now that you know some of the responsibilities for a couple of different types of bilingual airport jobs, it’s time to check out the job postings themselves.
I’ve teamed up with ZipRecruiter to provide you a list of bilingual airport jobs that you might find interesting. Just click on the openings below and you’ll be taken to that specific job. It couldn’t be easier!
P.S. If you’re looking for other types of jobs you can do with a second language, be sure to read my book.