Career Resources for Linguists

Some places to start

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 10.16.44 PMI am often advocating here on Career Linguist for bringing your research skills to the task of researching your career.  I thought I would see what resources might be available to someone trying to start out on this journey. so, I googled “jobs with a linguistics degree”


This is what I found

#1 Linguistics Society of America

The first thing that returned was a post titled Why Major in Linguistics written by Monica Macaulay and Kristen Syrett on the Linguistics Society of America site.

Download their article here.

For me, the very best thing about their approach is that they begin by modeling a way of answering the first questions that any linguist will be asked “What exactly is linguistics, and what does a linguist do?” and they teach the reader to be prepared for misunderstanding:

They might assume that it means you speak a lot of languages. And they may be right: you may, in fact, be a polyglot! But while many linguists do speak multiple languages—or at least know a fair bit about multiple languages—the study of linguistics means much more than this.

They then go on to model some great approaches for answering this question.  Here on Career Linguist, I have also offered some ideas in my recent post What’s Linguistics?

#2 some great resources from Ohio State University Department of Linguistics,

What Can I Do with a Degree in Linguistics?  What I see as being most helpful here is the idea that it is really all about skills cultivated as part of your degree:

Studying linguistics helps you develop many important skills such as analytical thinking, problem solving, argumentation, critical thinking, data collection and analysis, and written and oral expression. As a student of linguistics you will become familiar with many different languages and cultures and, as a result, also develop cross-cultural skills. Each of these skills are useful in many careers that may not otherwise seem related to linguistics.

Here on Career Linguist, we also have had many posts exploring skills cultivated by the study of linguistics.  

#3  a post from Northwestern University’s Linguistics Program

What can you do with a Linguistics Degree? the post shares stories of professional paths, concluding with the idea that:

In short, with a degree in linguistics, students gain the basic skills and experience needed to prepare their entry into a variety of professional opportunities. The career choices of students pursuing a degree in linguistics are numerous, and are only limited by the student’s imagination.

The way that I have approached the task of telling stories about jobs here on Career Linguist is to offer stories of career paths so that linguists can learn from the experience of those who have forged paths ahead of them.

Some other resources that I came across:

Here at Career Linguist, I also maintain a list of organizations that have hired linguists.  I also share job posts that I come across – I welcome jobs that you find, as well as your stories and ideas!!!

Some more resources:

What other resources do you all like?  Please share!!  This knowledge elevates all of us!!!  Tweet @careerlinguist 🙂