Training in linguistics prepares students for advanced work in linguistic research, as well as for employment in teaching English and foreign languages; computer systems (especially natural language processing); broadcasting, mass media and journalism; publishing and editing; translation; international business; intercultural communication and negotiation; law; and generally any profession requiring the precise use or analysis of speech or writing.

To read more about possible careers with a linguistics degree, visit the Linguistic Society of America page on linguistics as a profession: http://www.linguisticsociety.org/resource/linguistics-profession.

M.A. student Rachelle Riojas gave a presentation on careers in linguistics in the real world at the annual student colloquium held April 17, 2015 which you can see here.  It is a distillation of information presented at a panel "Linguists in Industry", part of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (Portland, Oregon).  The full video can be seen here.

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