Linguistics Degree Graduates Jobs and Careers Overview

Linguistics is often demanding a highly analytical field offering students the chance to dig beneath the surface of meaning and providing the grounding for a range of further career options. Linguistics and comparative literature courses can have quite high entry requirements. Graduates with Linguistics Degree have a range of quite specialist fields to aim at, including speech and language therapy, lexicography (dictionary work), translation, and teaching English as a first or foreign language.

Linguistics DegreeLinguistics as a degree is extremely diverse, intersecting with many areas such as anthropology, computer science, engineering, foreign language study, neurology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and speech & hearing science, among others.Each of these skills is useful in many careers that may not otherwise seem related to linguistics.

Below you will find a list of some of the career paths that someone linguistics degree has followed as well as some references that may prove useful

Teach a foreign language: Teaching a foreign a language will give your students the opportunity to benefits from your knowledge of language structure and your ability to make certain aspects of the language especially clear. You will need to be very proficient in the relevant language, and you may need more training in language pedagogy. You would be expected to impact your students with a degree of skill in a new language, as well as knowledge of the culture, history and culture of the language in question.

Translator or Interpreter: A Linguistics Degree graduate can work as good translators and interpreters. Moreover, experienced translators and interpreters are needed everywhere, from a private organisation to governmental parastatal. The salaries for translators and interpreters are calculated based on word count and degree of specialism and vary based on your employer. The average translator in the US earns between US$24,000 and $83,000, while in the UK the figures drop to US$25,000 and $56,000

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Forensic linguist:  A Forensic linguists will do language analysis on emergency calls, suicide letters, threat communication and social media during legal proceedings for law firms, the police and/or the government to help solve the crime. Other areas a Linguistics Degree graduate may be involved in as a forensic linguist include trademark disputes, author identification and language analyses of asylum seekers. Forensic linguists working with the CIA or FBI in the US would work on matters of national security. While the average forensic linguist works a regular nine to five, those working with the government may work slightly more irregular hours.

Working in Industry: As Linguistics Degree graduate, you are already equipped to work on speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, user research, and computer-mediated language learning, among many other areas.  You will need to follow your undergraduate linguistics degree with a master’s degree in computational linguistics or a related field, knowledge of programming, and in some cases a foreign language.

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Working for the Government: All the federal government hires Linguistics Degree graduate for the Foreign Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, and so on. Similar opportunities may exist at the state level.

For more on other Careers for a Linguistics Degree Graduate, visit the Linguistics Society Website and Top Universities Website. Doing a search on for ‘linguistics jobs‘ may also yield some interesting results.

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