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What Can I Do with a Major in Linguistics?

Linguistics majors gain marketable skills such as analytical reasoning, critical thinking, argumentation, and expression. They are able to make insightful observations, generate hypotheses and predictions, draw conclusions, and communicate findings. Linguistic majors are prepared for graduate level and professional programs and careers. Some of these careers may require additional education, training, or skills. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what careers are available for those pursuing a degree in linguistics.

Possible Career Fields
Education
Modern Languages
Communications
Business and Commerce
Information Systems
Science
Humanities
  • Teacher
  • Education researcher
  • Education administrator
  • Policy adviser
  • Language therapist
  • Prison education coordinator
  • Recreation coordinator
  • Teacher Education
  • Educational Research
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Teach at the University Level
  • Prepare and evaluate standardized exams
  • Philosophy
  • Language Policy Adviser
  • Linguist
  • Language Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Customs Adviser
  • Interviewer
  • Publisher
  • Celebrant
  • Auctioneer
  • Voice Coach
  • Training Officer
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Librarian
  • Market Researcher
  • Advertising Consultant
  • Travel Consultant
  • Tourism Manager
  • Communications Manager
  • Accountant
  • Marketing Co-coordinator
  • Events Manager
  • Company Secretary
  • Industrial Relations Adviser
  • Market Analyst
  • Economist
  • Trusts Manager
  • Tour Manager
  • Hospitality manager
  • Trade and Industry Officer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • Documentation Writer
  • Forensic Linguist
  • Legal Drafter
  • Employment Adviser
  • EEO Adviser
  • Probation Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Barrister
  • Administration Officer
  • NSA
  • CIA
  • Law
  • Policy Analyst
  • Archivist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Critic
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Counselor
  • Careers Adviser
  • Personal Assistant
  • Journalist
  • Researcher
  • Diplomatic Officer
  • Broadcaster
  • Theatre Manager
  • Publishing Industry
  • Actor/Train Actors
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Researcher
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Psychologist
  • Policy Adviser