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Bridge Cultures and Increase Your Opportunities

If you want to be at the forefront of careers in fields such as medical research, aeronautics, journalism, culinary arts, international business, earth science, urban planning, fashion, art history, anthropology, or digital technology, having a core understanding of French is essential to learning the latest innovations and trends, as well as developing new business connections around the world.

Today, French is spoken by over 300 million people on five continents, taught in every country in the world, and is an official language in 29 countries, including Ivory Coast, Canada, Niger, Belgium, Senegal, and, of course, France. French is widely considered one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn, as it is a Romance language which means it has its roots in Latin where many English words came from. LASC does not currently offer a degree or certificate in French, but you can develop a strong foundation for the language.

Learning French opens you to new cultures, helps you adapt to unfamiliar situations, improves your memory and listening skills, and enables you to talk with and learn from others in different nations around the world.

Careers Using French

Knowing French can really expand your career opportunities, as well as allow you to travel comfortably within French speaking countries and experience new cultures. 

You can even speak French right here in Los Angeles as a medical translator helping patients communicate with doctors, or interpret for French speakers during a tour of Hollywood. You can also combine almost any field with your knowledge of French to have a unique career experience!

Here are just a few professions and their salaries you could have with a background in French: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov February 2020. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Use computer software to design page layouts for items that are printed or published online.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $57, 960/year 
$27.87/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
5% increase
(as fast as average)
430

Facilitate negotiation and dialogue between disputing parties to help resolve conflicts outside of the court system.

Data for state of California

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $97,430/year 
$46.84/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Less than 5 years
7% increase
(faster than average)
860

Oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $43,220/year   $20.78/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
5 years or more 10% increase
(much faster than average)
8,230

 

Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $68,990/year
$33.17/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
6% increase
(as fast as average)
520

 

Courses offered in French at LASC 

LASC doesn’t offer a degree or certificate in French at this time, but we do have degrees that incorporate our French courses, which include Spanish and Interdisciplinary Studies degrees. 

Depending on your career goals, French could be an excellent language for careers related to programs, such as Business Administration, History, Anthropology, English, Law, Biology, Computer Science, Geology, Music, Physics, and Art History. 

Ask your academic counselor how taking French can help you meet UC, CSU, and other public and private university transfer requirements. You can review the courses below, as well as go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information.

1 Elementary French I (5) UC:CSU 

IGETC Area 6A 
CSUGE Area C2 
Lecture: 5 hours 

This course stresses the mastery of fundamentals of French pronunciation and structure. Emphasis is placed upon developing the student's ability to speak, understand, read and write simple French, paying special attention to practical vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. In addition, the student is introduced to some important aspects of French civilization and culture through simple readings and visual aids. Note: Corresponds to the first two years of high school study. 

2 Elementary French II (5) UC:CSU 

IGETC Area 3B, 6A 
CSUGE Area C2 
Prerequisite: French 1 
Lecture: 5 hours 

This course is a continuation of French I, with an increased emphasis on conversation. It includes the study of the past and future verb tenses, of the passé composé, the imperfect, and the conditional, also of the subjunctive mood. Readings and vocabulary on daily life in France and Francophone nations are featured, also comparisons with American culture.