Only 9% of Americans can speak their native language plus another language fluently, as opposed to 53% of Europeans. The large, growing deficiency in world languages and cultures compromises American security and business interests at home and abroad. The careers in which knowledge of a second world language is an asset or a requirement is extensive and includes Communications, Business, U.S. Government (Military and the State Department), Travel & Tourism, Education, Medicine, and Social Services.
Ultimately, the decision on which language to choose is a very personal one and should be met with a good deal of forethought. Whatever language you choose for your child, you should be prepared to support them in this long term commitment of becoming bilingual.