Why Study Chinese

China is the world’s second largest economy, and one of every five people in the world speaks the Chinese language. As China has become a big player in the world economy, Chinese language skills are in demand like never before.

Students who become proficient in Chinese language can expect to hold an advantage in many job markets. According to Bloomberg, Mandarin Chinese is the most useful business language after English. While this may come as no surprise, many do not realize that China’s economic rise has also brought about new challenges and expectations for other forms of modernization. China will soon require diverse expertise to help create and implement new sociopolitical, environmental, and infrastructure systems.

Chinese language can complement virtually any course of study.

Architecture: China, where high-rises are sometimes built in a matter of weeks, features a unique blend of old and new architectural styles.

Business: China is known as “the world’s factory,” but also boasts growing domestic market fueled by middle class growth.

Communication and Journalism: Ancient, yet modern, homogenous, yet diverse, predominantly urban, yet traditionally rural, nominally socialist, yet economically capitalist, Chinese society is an enigma with interesting stories at every turn.

Education: Many young educators gain unique cultural classroom experience by teaching English in China. Some positions pay quite well. Meanwhile, the number of Chinese language programs Stateside has exploded in recent years.

Engineering: Often times, China attempts to solve its water shortage, population, and transportation issues with massive engineering projects.

Environmental Studies: China’s rapid rise has exacerbated preexisting air pollution, water pollution, and water shortage crises. However, despite being the world’s largest polluter, China is also the world’s leading in green technology.

Health Care: China’s health care system is in need of modernization in terms of equipment, expertise, and policy. China’s One Child Policy has resulted in a rapidly ageing society that will soon tax China’s health care and social welfare systems.

History: China has a rich and unbroken history with written records dating back 4,000 years.

Law: For many years, the fight against corruption in China’s legal system has been a work in progress. Recent reforms, however, are viewed as a significant step towards the “rule of law.”

Philosophy and Religion: From the philosophical beginnings of Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism to the more recent emergence of Christian and Muslim communities, China’s religious traditions are rich. Modern politics have influenced each tradition in very interesting ways.

Political Science: From the fall of the Qing Dynasty and the rise of Nationalism to the Chairman Mao era and eventual economic reform, few nations have undergone as much political change in the last century as China. Are there further reforms in China’s near future?

Translation and Interpretation: Organizations from all of the above fields need Chinese language experts to help bridge the language and culture gap.

For a nationwide list of jobs that mention Chinese language as a requisite skills:http://www.careerbuilder.com/jobs/keyword/chinese/