The aim of this report is to profile the intercultural profession and to provide a snapshot of who interculturalists are, how and where they work, and what challenges they face today.

The Intercultural Profession in 2007 – Profile, practices & challenges


The Intercultural Profession in 2007 provides a snapshot of the intercultural profession based on a survey of over 200 interculturalists worldwide. It highlights such aspects as who interculturalists are, what they earn, how much they travel, what tools and approaches they are using, and what advice they have for newcomers to the profession. Specifically, it answered the following questions: (1) Who are interculturalists? (2) Where and how do they work? (3) What are the most popular and most effective tools being used in the field today? And, (4) What are the top challenges facing those who do intercultural work?

This research was conducted to help interculturalists better understand their profession as well as where they stand in comparison to their colleagues. Areas of this study may be helpful in the selling of intercultural services, the mentoring of new entrants to the field, and the development of future research and tools. The challenges of the profession identified in this study from establishing the business value of our services to developing more up-to-date and rigorous tools and approaches deserve careful attention and further discussion to ensure the ongoing livelihood of the intercultural profession.


This survey was conducted by Kate Berardo, SIETAR member and founder of Culturosity.com.

The full report can be downloaded by clicking here.


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