Linguistics Careers

Linguists work in academia, researching and teaching different areas of language, such as phonetics (sounds), syntax (word order) and semantics (meaning). Linguists may work as translators, interpreters and language teachers, who marshal their language expertise to facilitate communication and learning.

Eligibility Criteria

A bachelor’s degree is a standard qualification for many linguistic careers. For several linguist specialties, a master’s degree is required or highly valuable, though in what field depends on the specialty.Earning a master’s normally takes around two years.

Computational linguists and other language researchers and analysts may need graduate training in linguistics or a related field  to obtain higher-level positions.

For those who wish to pursue an academic career, a research-oriented master’s program is the best preparation for continuing into a PhD program.

Career Road Map

Linguists may work as translators, interpreters and language teachers, who marshal their language expertise to facilitate communication and learning.

Career requirements to become a linguist vary considerably, because of the   diversity of career paths. Some work as language experts for the government, advertising companies, dictionary publishers and various other private enterprises.

There are numerous career paths linguistics major might pursue. Some core areas are:

  • Anthropologist
  • Cognitive Scientist
  • Analyst
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Editor
  • Interpreter
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Technical Writer
  • Translator
  • Actor