As the state capital of New York, Albany plays a vital role in the state’s financial and governmental needs. It is located along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, roughly 135 miles north of New York City. The city is also home of the New York State Museum, which houses some of the state’s most prestigious artwork and artifacts.

Of Albany’s 90,000 residents, over 5,000 are of Latino or Hispanic descent, according to the 2000 US Census. For Albany residents, the Albany Latin Fest is the best way to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. Last year, the festival drew about 10,000 people throughout the day, who were able to enjoy the festival’s live Hispanic music, food, and dance.

Among Albany’s biggest sources of work are General Electric, Albany Medical Center, Northeast Health, Verizon, and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Inc.

Employers like these seek out candidates with strong communication skills, particularly bilingualism. If you’ve ever thought about taking Spanish, don’t wait — the opportunity has never been better.

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