Italian Studies alumni have diverse career paths. Find out more about them here.

Nicole Davis '15Nicole Davis ’15
Majors: Italian studies and psychology
Current Position: Student teacher, Manalapan High School, N.J.
Further Education: M.A., Italian education, Drew University

"The Italian department at Bucknell University gave me the tools and confidence to pursue a career in Italian secondary education. The professors consistently encouraged me to reach farther and to take classes that continued to foster a passion for the Italian language and culture. The courses offered at Bucknell helped me to gain a strong grasp of the language, and made me want to continue speaking Italian as much as possible. Whether I was reading Italian poetry in Coleman or studying abroad in Padova, I had the constant support of the entire Italian department behind me."

Eddie Dal Santo '12Eddie Dal Santo '12

"My relationship with Italian and Italy initially began with a simple desire to better know my family's ancestry. My Italian Professors at Bucknell took this initial, basic desire and helped blossom it into a passion that would offer years of rich experiences and learning, fed by my initial familial desires, as well as a passion to learn about all the beautiful things Italy has to offer: history, art, food/drink, lifestyle, design, fashion, travels, etc. From Italian 101 (my first ever Italian class!), I continued onward to pursue a minor in Italian which included a transformative experience studying abroad in Florence."

"After Bucknell, I partook in the SITE program of Dickinson college that enabled me to teach English near Milan for a year, an opportunity given especially because of my knowledge of Italy and Italian learned during my time at Bucknell. Upon returning to the States, I found a job at a small, Italian food importing company in New York City that offered me a chance to use my Italian, and knowledge of Italy and Italian food, on a daily business. I even got to travel to Italy a few times a year! Who knows where my Italian will take me next!"

Italy's Economy

Italy's economy is changing - state-owned companies are becoming privatized, which opens the Italian market to American companies and professionals in aerospace, transportation, insurance, finance, shipping, telecommunications and other commerce.

American companies like AT&T and IBM can establish ties with Italian companies in the areas of cable television, international cellular telephone systems, the Internet and more. American companies expanding in Italy have a great demand for software designers, systems engineers, technical support, marketers and managers who speak both Italian and English.

Industry in Italy

Italy is a world leader in many fields. Knowing Italian is a great benefit for those pursuing those fields, including:

  • Construction machinery
  • Culinary arts
  • Electromechanical machinery
  • Fashion design
  • Furniture design
  • Graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Machine tool manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Shipbuilding
  • Space engineering
  • Transportation equipment


Italy has also long been a magnet for the tourism industry. In 2004, Italy headed the list of foreign destinations for vacation travel in Europe. Travel and tourism products in Italy increased by 339 percent in Italy in 2004, compared to 2003 when it grew 113 percent. This compared with the European average of 60 percent.


The country was the world's 7th largest exporter in 2009. Italy's major exports and companies by sector are:

  • Motor vehicles (Fiat, Aprilia, Ducati, Piaggio)
  • Chemicals and petrochemicals (Eni)
  • Energy and electrical engineering (Enel, Edison)
  • Home appliances (Candy, Indesit)
  • Aerospace and defense technologies (Alenia Aeronautica, Agusta, Finmeccanica)
  • Firearms (Beretta)
  • Fashion (Armani, Valentino, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Benetton, Prada, Luxottica)
  • Food processing (Ferrero, Barilla Group, Martini & Rossi, Campari, Parmalat)
  • Sport and luxury vehicles (Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Pagani)
  • Yachts (Ferretti, Azimut)

Italy's closest trade ties are with the other countries of the European Union, with whom it conducts about 59 percent of its total trade. Its largest EU trade partners, in order of market share, are Germany (12.9 percent), France (11.4 percent), and Spain (7.4 percent).


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