Career Opportunities

There are many exciting opportunities for students of Japanese, both here and in Japan. Your options are limitless!

This page was developed to help you explore these opportunities. To better help you, we have divided this section into three categories: employment, internships, and scholarships.

Remember, it is important to start weighing your options well before your senior year. Also, although it is very important to take classes about Japanese culture, economy, and politics, language study is essential to finding the best jobs.

For further questions, please contact Prof. Junko Ueno or check the Union College Becker Career Center web site.


The following is a brief list of places you can search for employment in Japan and the U.S. Language skills are essential to most of these jobs.

General Resources for Working in Japan

Escape Artist (job resources for those seeking to live and work in Japan)
Jobs in Japan (offerings for sectors including English teachers, high-tech jobs, bilingual work, and modeling/acting/entertainment)
Japan Zone (information about working in Japan)
The Japan FAQ (information for those planning to live and work in Japan)
Pacific Bridge (working to further cross-cultural understanding through employment opportunities)
Work in (a general resource)

Teaching Jobs in Japan

ELT News (job information for those wishing to teach in Japan. Journals from teachers who have taught in Japan before. News and message boards)
Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program (perhaps the best known employment center for those desiring to teach English in Japan for a few years)
Ohayosensei (teaching positions in conversation schools, public schools, universities,a dn companies across Japan)

Government Agencies

US Embassy in Japan (visa info etc.)
The U.S. government is always in need of bilingual employees. Try the following sites:
USAID (The Agency for International Development)
FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Business (Bilingual Japanese speaking jobs in the U.S.)


Various teaching and research options are always available for students of Japanese.
ATJ Job Line (Association of Teachers of Japanese. Job postings for the primary, secondary, and university levels)
The Chronicle of Higher Education
H-Net Job Guide (Academic Jobs in the Humanities and Social Sciences)


There are many wonderful opportunities to get internships in Japan. You can choose between summer internships and year-long internships. (a general internship search site)
Nambu Foundation (promotes deeper understanding between Japan and the U.S. through summer internships)


Check out these sites for information about scholarships:

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan (financial support for study abroad from the Association of Teachers of Japanese)
Japan Foundation (a list of searchable databases for grants etc.)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (scholarships to study in Japan)
NAJAS Fellowships and Exchanges
Yamasa Scholarship Database (a comprehensive resource for international students and educators)