Career Opportunities in Linguistics
In the past, the study of linguistics was focused on preparation for a Ph.D. and a career as a college professor. But recent developments have brought radical changes to the employment environment for linguists. New companies and new products appear every day that call upon the skills of linguists. People trained in linguistics are now involved in enterprises like these:
With its broad interdisciplinary connections and international outlook, the field of linguistics is well situated to prepare students for the evolving global marketplace. Just take a look at an on-line list of job opportunities for linguists with various kinds of expertise and different levels of training.
More broadly, the study of linguistics cultivates certain qualities of thought—careful observation, analytic reasoning, logic, hypothesis development and testing—that can be applied in many other fields, such as law, business, and teaching.