Careers after studying linguistics?

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Careers after studying linguistics?

Postby Deep Fried Pickles » Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:08 am UTC

I am a sophomore in high school, and I find linguistics very interesting. I was wondering what careers people with linguistics degrees have.

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Re: Careers after studying linguistics?

Postby ZLVT » Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:34 am UTC

I have yet to get said degree but the three main things would be:
linguistics research - nature of languages, documenting new langs etc
linguistics teaching - obvious
translations - either synch or on paper. Both pay well.

but I nstarted uni as a phys student so I wouldn't be surprised if you'll have found a way to mix languages and another love (say computing) together by the end of your degree.

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Re: Careers after studying linguistics?

Postby steewi » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:49 am UTC

Our Defence department loves linguists - they're used for analysis, cryptography development and automated systems development, among other things. It's high powered stuff, but it pays well and it's interesting. Note, this isn't my profession. I'm in research.

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Re: Careers after studying linguistics?

Postby AnnotatedSnark » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:28 pm UTC

It really depends on your field, which I guess is too early to tell for you (?). If you like phonetics (and to a lesser extent phonology) you might end up doing speech-to-text etc, if you like syntax and statistics, pretty much any company that's interested in search results might be able to use you.

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Re: Careers after studying linguistics?

Postby inktvis » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:46 am UTC

I have an MA in Linguistics and Literature, specifically Germanic Languages. My dissertation was in phonology and sociolinguistics. After graduating, I worked in a bookstore for a year and then started my current job as a multilingual researcher (nothing too exciting, just corporate research). I'm also a freelance translator and proofreader, and will be teaching Dutch soon. I wish I were in academics, though!

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Re: Careers after studying linguistics?

Postby docbear » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:05 pm UTC

Also an MA in Linguistics and English-Language Literature. PhD in Philosophy. I finally landed a career-like job in a university teaching linguistics (as well as other classes). I think the key is you gotta be flexible. More or less take what you can get 'till you have some time in. Be versed enough to stretch outside your focus. Hope is a good thing as well. Best of luck to you.

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Re: Careers after studying linguistics?

Postby littlelj » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:20 pm UTC

Anything and nothing.

That is, there are very few careers that require a Linguistics degree. But almost all careers benefit from one. :D
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Re: Careers after studying linguistics?

Postby Justinlrb » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:59 am UTC

Self unemployment!

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