Professionals Who Really Need Good English

Those who work in the arts and creative industry such as journalists, news presenters, editors, scriptwriters and lyricists are trained and expected to be at their best when it comes to English proficiency. However, there are professions that despite the kind of education they normally require, also gives better English communicators the added advantage. Below are examples and how English can be very helpful:

  • Office (clerk, receptionist, secretary, typist, stenographer) – phone calls, documentation such as minutes of the meeting and reports, e-mail communication, client relations
  • Banks (banker, bank officer, accountant, bookkeeper, economist, teller, cashier, auditor) – documentation (reports, newsletters, issuing bills), dealing with clients and investors, presentations during meetings
  • Medical (doctor, physician, family doctor, general practitioner; eye specialist, ear specialist, throat specialist, heart specialist; cardiologist, surgeon, pediatrician, psychiatrist, dentist, dietician, pharmacist, veterinarian; nurse, paramedic) – for proper explanation of medical conditions (causes, symptoms, diagnosis) and treatments, writing prescriptions, talking to patients and their loved ones the right way during consultation and on how to cope with illnesses
  • Food and Beverage (chef, head cook, cook; maitre d’, headwaiter, waiter, waitress, bartender, barman) – giving instructions in preparing dishes and drinks, explaining products and policies to customers, preparing bills
  • Sales (sales representative, sales manager; salesperson, salesman, saleswoman, salesgirl, salesclerk, cashiers; seller, buyer, wholesale buyer, wholesaler, retailer, distributor, advertising agent) – networking, selling products and services, creating proposal letters and invoices, communication via e-mail and phone, personal meetings, after-sales service, sales presentations, creating contracts, organizing sales-related events
  • Education (principal, dean, professor, teacher, student, pupil; schoolteacher, college teacher, university teacher; head teacher, senior teacher; English teacher, history teacher, maths teacher (BrE), math teacher (AmE), music teacher) – creating lesson plans, notices and newsletters, oral communication during classes and tutorials, creating and giving out exams and report cards (with feedback on student’s performance), hosting school programs and meetings
  • Construction (engineer, technician, mechanic; builder, construction worker, repairer; welder, bricklayer, mason, carpenter, plumber, painter) – explaining required materials, clarifying instructions, dealing with building owners, preparing cost estimates and reports, organizing work schedules, contract review
  • Science (scientist, scholar, researcher, explorer; mathematician, physicist, chemist, biologist, astronomer; historian, archeologist, economist, philosopher, psychologist) – explain facts, technical terms and inventions, write books
  • Law and order (judge, lawyer, attorney, legal adviser; police officer, policeman, traffic officer, detective; guard, bodyguard) – take and clarify instructions, prepare contracts, participate in meetings and court hearings, issue traffic tickets, prepare verdict, do counselling
  • Information Technology (computer programmer, computer operator; systems analyst, software specialist;web developer, web programmer, webmaster, web designer) – explain technical terms, codes and processes, creating software, dealing with clients, giving and taking instructions, preparing reports
  • Aviation/Travel (pilot, flight engineer, flight navigator, flight attendant, stewardess, travel agent) – handling passengers, explaining information about the flight
  • Others (driver, taxi driver, bus driver, truck driver; car mechanic; firefighter, librarian, farmer, tailor, model, politician, priest; hairdresser, hairstylist, barber, beautician, cosmetologist; cleaning lady, cleaning woman, janitor) – handling instructions and requests, explaining services and situations, dealing with people (clients, agents, constituents)

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(1) Comment

  • Chavez,Maisie A. January 20, 2015 @ 2:51 pm

    For me it is very important to improve my communication English skills as part of my job. As a secretary of our office I must improve English communication most especially through writing. I must admit it is a great pleasure to attend the American English seminar because it gives me ideas about my work in answering phone calls, documentation such as minutes of the meeting and reports, e-mail communication, client relations. And I am very much thankful to all of you who trained us.

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