The bilingual bonus

Studies show that learning a second language can help you get a better job, a higher paycheck, and improve your mental focus. Sí, it's true. But wait, there's more.

Research also shows that bilingualism can help fight off dementia and delay Alzheimer’s by four-to-five years, sharpen cognitive skills, improve memory and decision-making skills, and even reshape how we see the world around us.

When it comes to the workforce there are huge perks for bilingual speakers. According to research performed by Burning Glass Technologies, employers increasingly desire workers who speak multiple languages, particularly in industries that provide services involving a high degree of human interaction. The same report sites the top three languages employers look for when hiringChinese, Spanish, and Arabicall classes you can enroll in for fall!

Want to work in Europe? German is the most in-demand by employers, especially in southern European countries like Spain and Greece. Check out ASU's study abroad programs. Because why not learn a language in its native country?

But what exactly is the ROI on learning a foreign language? Well, it's a hard one to quantify. A study by The Economist found that you can expect to make an additional 2% in earnings. Ok, so you might not be rolling in that all red Lamb', but over time it adds up. Consider this, the study uses a $45,000 starting salary, assumes a 1% salary increase per year and a 2% average real return over 40 years. That original 2% language bonus now turns into an extra $67,000 (at 2014 value) in your retirement account. So go ahead, get the guac.


Hey Sunny

A library of helpful advice, tips and answers to questions from students to Sunny.

ASU’s chatbot, Sunny, has been helping students get adjusted to college life for a few years now. The questions from students year after year, rarely change. Sometimes it helps to see what other students are asking to stay informed and realize you aren’t the only one trying to figure it all out.

Welcome to the Hey Sunny blog – a library of advice for students from Sunny and the team supporting the bot.

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