A new study by Preply has revealed the most lucrative languages for students in the USA to learn in 2021, with Japanese topping the list.

The study, undertaken by online learning platform Preply, ranked the top 10 most profitable languages, in terms of facilitating new jobs, the highest salaries and the best career opportunities in 2021.

The study’s aim was to provide students based in the USA with this essential data, which they can then use to govern their language study choices.

Preply is an online language learning platform which connects a global network of tens of thousands of students with 15,000 tutors, in the study of over 50 languages.

Japanese tops most profitable languages list in the USA in Preply study

In the Preply study, Japanese was ranked as the top most profitable language in America, earning an average salary of $78,075.

This is more than double the average annual salary in the USA.

The remaining top five most profitable languages were Hindi, Korean, Italian and German, in order.

Interestingly, Mandarin only secured the ninth spot in the list.

USA Korean speakers, meanwhile, earn on average $28,844 more annually than Mandarin speakers.

Only 20% of USA citizens can speak a second language

Only 20% of USA citizens can speak a second language, which stands in stark contrast to the global figure, which indicates that between 60-75% of people can speak two or more languages.

The report was undertaken by investigating the highest paid jobs in the USA, that stated each respective language as one of its requirements.

Kirill Bigai, CEO of Preply, emphasised the report’s demonstration of the employability of a second language. 

“The benefits of learning a language are difficult to deny, offering improvements in the quality of work, health, and social life. However, finding the time to learn a language can be a challenge.

“At Preply, we believe online learning can offer everyone the flexibility to fit language learning around their busy schedules, whether it be as a hobby, a health, or a career investment.”

Pic: Leonardo Toshiro Okubo

Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.

Josephine is an experienced journalist who previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Falmouth Anchor. She is also the former Deputy Editor of Voices, the Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union’s publication, and has written for various food and lifestyle publications.

You can reach her at josephine@globaleducationtimes.org

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