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Careers in Linguistics

Linguistics is unusual in equipping students with a wide range of skills:

  • using evidence to build arguments
  • skills in fieldwork and gathering data
  • ability to see patterns in complicated situations
  • confidence in learning new systems
  • understanding of human behaviour and communication
  • sensitivity to language and diverse communities

This means that Linguistics will provide you with a varied set of skills that can be applied to many different jobs and careers – from numeracy, logical thinking and data analysis to communication and presentation, working with diverse groups of people, and use of information technology.

Careers that relate directly to linguistics include:

  • information technology
  • translation and interpreting
  • education
  • speech and language therapy
  • publishing
  • research and policy development

Our students have also gone into fields like advertising, journalism, TV presenting, human resources, marketing, forensics, counselling and social work.

Every year, we run two careers events specifically for Linguistics students, tailored to the stage of their degree. These cover work placement opportunities, planning a career, and support with applying for jobs. Our Careers Office offers one-to-one advising and other extensive career support.

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