Biological science in food industry or agriculture may happen mainly in laboratories, but to be able to connect with the wider scientific research community and the international operations language skills in the field would be beneficial in working the community and creating contacts. Similarly biotechnology advances in medical devices or energy creation take place globally, and while English is the working language it is useful to have language skills to make connections with people and companies around the world.
Genetics is an exciting area in medicine, research and fields such as anthropology. While English is used in places like Max Planck Institute in Germany, to truly connect confidently with the international workforce do make an effort to have language skills.
Pharmaceutical industry is a multinational, global business where your language skills are a definite bonus. A biochemical background combined with a working knowledge of the necessary language skills is a skill set ideal for an industry where the customers and the workforce are international. There are various career options within the different phases between researching and producing a product, and in all these phases language skills are a useful asset.
In chemical science careers in healthcare, petrochemicals, agrichemicals, pharmaceuticals or biotechnology you will be involved in a fast-developing field with a global reach. Don’t cast your language skills aside, but maintain languages to be able to be multi-skilled and flexible. You may need to do a work stint abroad or train people in another country. Language skills will be useful and will give you confidence.