With a growing population of Hispanics in Metro-Atlanta the need for bilingual educators is increasing. In most job descriptions being bilingual is no longer a suggestion but has become mandatory. Teachers and other educators that can speak another language, especially Spanish, are getting jobs quicker than those who cannot.
Since the 2000 census the Hispanic population has nearly doubled in metro-Atlanta from 247,777 to 477,891. That is over 90%! So what do you do if you don’t speak another language? At this point it’s a matter of being prepared to lose positions to others that with this skill unless you are willing to learn a new language. Because Spanish is the most in demand at the moment it might be a good idea to start there.
Because of the increasing popularity of incorporating multiculturalism in schools it is imperative that teachers and administrative staff provide education that allows everyone an opportunity to learn. Students feel more comfortable when they can use their native language with a teacher or person in authority. Also, counties like Gwinnett and Henry have very high populations of Hispanic students and the need for bilingual educators is unavoidable.
For the students that will be entering the field soon it would be a good idea to begin taking classes in a foreign language because of the marketability. While the job market is increasing in Metro-Atlanta for educators so are the diverse populations in school. Getting a job is all about marketing and what better way to market yourself in this ever diversifying city than to learn a new language.