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In which career in the psychology/therapy fields would ASL and foreign languages be most valued?

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I speak 2 languages (including English) fluently and 3 more at varying degrees of functional fluency. One language I know that I think is particularly unique is American Sign Language, which I learned in school and at an academic summer camp. Now that I'm thinking about potential career choices in the fields of psychology and therapy, I wonder where my language skills would be most valued. I mean this in the sense of the value of being able to help a community with less resources available to them, and also in terms of the financial value this career path would have to me. Especially, I wonder if I could make a big difference by working with people in the Deaf community--are there already a lot of people doing that? I really want to work in therapy much more than in psychology, as far as that makes any difference in answering this question.

Thanks in advance! #psychology #language #social-psychology #child-psychology #school-psychology #languages #moral-psychology #american-sign-language

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I would think you are very needed in the Deaf Community! I would say there are very few Psychologists/Therapists who know ASL.

With doctors, lawyers and many professional careers, ASL Interpreters must be called in, usually. There is great potential to help in any medical, legal or even being an ASL Interpreter.

This special skill pays extremely well!

Last updated Oct 31 '16 at 04:00 AM

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