The aim of the following reports 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.


A Status report of the intercultural profession in 2014


A status report of the intercultural profession (2014) will help you to gain understanding of the nature of the intercultural profession globally and provide advice to newcomers in the intercultural field. You can learn about the current trends and methods in the intercultural industry as well as the background of interculturalists. The report has five focus areas:

  • Creating Professional Benchmarks for an Interculturalists' Profile by looking at backgrounds, demographic and subject matter expertise
  • Analyzing the Work Structure and Ongoing Development of professionals in the intercultural industry
  • Providing Statistics and Information concerning the Income, Charged Fees and Working Times
  • Understanding the Group Psyche by looking at data on Group Identification, Group Cohesiveness, Perceived Acceptance and Motivation
  • Giving Advice to Newcomers and discussing New Trends and Top Challenges in the Profession

This report was written by SIETAR members Susan Salzbrenner, Tanja Schulze and Anja Franz.

The full report can be downloaded by clicking here.


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

The full report can be downloaded by clicking here.


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