A Degree in Linguistics

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.


Transferable Skills

A linguistic degree offers:

  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural competence
  • Analytical skills
  • Oral and written expression


Some Careers in Linguistics

CareerMedian SalaryMarket Growth
Technical Writer$70,240 9 – 13% 
ESL Teacher$50,280 5 – 8% 
Interpreter/Translator$44,190 14% or higher 
Intelligence Analyst$77, 210 -1 – 1% 
Computer Systems Analyst$85,800 14% or higher 

Source: O*NET Online, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

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Graduate Study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

  • Linguistics and other Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Speech & Language Pathology (with additional prerequisite coursework)

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Notable People With a Linguistics Major

  • Noam Chomsky (Linguist, Cognitive Scientist)
  • Mary Haas (Linguist, Anthropologist)
  • Daniel Jurafsky (Linguist, Computer Scientist)
  • Paul Watson (Environmental Activist)
  • James Gleick (Journalist, Author)


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