Currently there are more than 400 million Spanish Speakers. Thus, by learning Spanish, you will be better able to communicate with Spanish speakers in general, but especially those who do not speak English. Whether you study abroad or in the United States, you will most likely experience a situation that will require you to know Spanish.
Spanish speaking countries include: México, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panamá, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Perú, Argentina and Bolivia, among others.
More than 30 million people in the United States speak Spanish.
Knowing Spanish enhances your probability of getting the job you want. To have the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to communicate with Spanish-speaking employees and employers. If no one else at your workplace speaks Spanish, you'll be even more valuable.
Most colleges and universities require that undergraduate students take at least two semesters of a foreign language. If you are thinking about pursuing graduate school, you should know that many require students to be able to read and comprehend one, and sometimes two, foreign languages.