United States and other Western Countries are increasingly become multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-lingual societies. In such multi-lingual societies there is a rapidly growing demand for medical professionals such as Pharmacists and Radiology Technicians who can communicate in more than one language.
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Depending upon which City or Town the Pharmacist intends to work in, some prior knowledge of spoken languages other than English will alert the Pharmacist on what to expect when they actually start working.
Although United States has become a defacto bilingual country with English and Spanish as the two most common languages, other languages such as Vietnamese, Filipino, Mandarin, Urdu and Hindi are also prevalent in many parts of the country.
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For instance in Southern California, several different languages are spoken. Depending upon the exact locality or neighborhood the Pharmacist intends to work at, they can incorporate at least a few common words and phrases to facilitate easier communication with patients and their representatives.
In such localities, the spouse or relative of the patient may be fluent or at least have a working knowledge of English. This is especially true for inter-racial or inter-ethnic couples.
However in cases where the entire family has refugee status or have recently arrived in the US, they may need interpreter on a regular basis. In such situations the Pharmacist may benefit from at least some rudimentary knowledge of common words and phrases used by the immigrants.
The same holds true for Radiology technicians. It may be difficult to explain technical information on an X-ray to a recent Chinese immigrant or to give them instructions on future steps necessary to complete their healing process. Language skills may be critical in such situations.
According to the United States Census Bureau, apart from English the most common spoken languages are Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Korean.
Bilingual Pharmacists which have ethnic background similar to the multi-cultural locality they will serve are uniquely suited and qualified for pharmacy jobs in that Neighborhood. They would have a unique edge in communicating with the patients as well as doctors to serve the local needs.
Aspiring Pharmacists with ethnic minority heritage may also qualify for subsidized student loans and special privileges in terms of affirmative action programs to help them get accepted in an excellent pharmacy academic program.
Prospective Bilingual or trilingual Pharmacy students should take full advantage of the affirmative action programs to get into the best schools or seek opportunities to work after graduation, in fields where their linguistic skills can be put to good use.