Have you ever wondered about what professional backgrounds your colleagues in the intercultural field come from? Or what motivates them to work in the intercultural profession? Did you know that the most common highest degree obtained by interculturalists is a master’s degree? Or that the vast majority of interculturalists have personal experiences of living abroad? In a recent report (Salzbrenner, Schulze & Franz, 2014), 400 interculturalists from over 40 countries were asked to fill out an online survey consisting of 37 questions that, in different ways, shed light on the intercultural profession. The topics covered in the survey included the professional profile and average income of interculturalists, expertise matter, methods and tools used in trainings, and advice for newcomers to the field. The results of this research conducted by Susan Salzbrenner, Tanja Schulze and Anja Franz paint a fascinating picture of the intercultural profession. The full report is available online at https://fitacrosscultures.leadpages.net/ statusreport/. In the meantime, below are some excerpts from their findings.
Interculturalists come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and hold a variety of degrees. While the most commonly held highest degree is a Master’s degree, most of the degrees were obtained in the fields of linguistics/language/literature (12.8%), psychology (15.4%) and business/economics/marketing (10.8%). Other degrees held by interculturalists included arts, communications, education, engineering, healthcare and anthropology.