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What careers can a degree in linguistics get you?

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Krista’s Answer

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I have a Master's in Applied Linguistics, and I teach English to International Students. I've known people with similar education who have worked as communications and marketing professionals, language test developers, text-book publishing consultants or writers, language test raters, academic tutors in writing centers, copy editors, and more. One of my major professors has been studying the pragmatics of online reviews on travel websites. The field opens up many possibilities. You become an expert on how languages work, which is pretty applicable in many contexts!

The Linguistics Society of America has a nice list of ideas: https://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/why-major-linguistics


Krista recommends the following next steps:

  • explore the linguistics society website
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Susanne’s Answer

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I have a PhD in linguistics, and I work as an Analytical Linguist for Google. Before this, I also did research in international research projects, and I was a consultant in the new and growing field of localization and internationalization of digital products.
I recommend combining linguistics with some programming (NLP, natural language production; NLU natural language understanding; NLG natural language generation) - you don't need to be a programmer AND a linguist, but it really helps if you can interact easily with the full time programmers.
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