Do you have a desire to learn how the human mind has the ability to acquire the complex system of knowledge that is language?

A background in linguistics prepares individuals for a wide variety of careers. Currently, the fastest-growing area is technology, where linguists work on speech recognition, natural language processing, information retrieval, and a variety of web-based projects. Linguistics graduates may go on to jobs in education, business, government, and publishing. Our programs also provide excellent preparation for graduate work in the professional fields (business, medicine, and law) as well as, of course, for a career in academia.

This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

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    English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

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    Speech-Language Pathologist

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    Possible Career Options

    • Advertising
    • Communications
    • Cultural Anthropologist
    • Information Technology
    • Foreign Correspondent
    • Intelligence Expert
    • Intercultural Relations
    • Interpreter/Translator
    • Publishing
    • Web Design