Linguistics As a Profession

If you are interested in linguistics, it is right to know that the professional linguists have occupations in various fields and deal with a range of successful and fulfilling careers. Professionals who have degrees in linguistics are in a tendency to make careers in specific areas within the field and develop their careers around those areas. What’s next is a summary of some popular and common careers within linguistics.

Choosing an academic career is a common path of doing a career for linguists. Academic linguists dedicate themselves to science, and after years of training often they have a degree at the university such a linguistics professor.  Through their career at the university, they mostly share their experiences and knowledge with the younger linguists and essentially conduct researches sharing the consequences with the academic community which makes them live most of their lives working on publications, and conducting lectures and seminars.  And sometimes we see them on TV discussing a linguistic cause or a topic associated with the linguistics and the culture.

"It is only since linguistics has become more aware of its object of study, i.e. perceives the whole extent of it, that it is evident that this science can make a contribution to a range of studies that will be of interest to almost anyone."
― Ferdinand de Saussure
Swiss Linguist and Semiotician

If you are interested in linguistics, it is right to know that the professional linguists have occupations in various fields and deal with a range of successful and fulfilling careers. Professionals who have degrees in linguistics are in a tendency to make careers in specific areas within the field and develop their careers around those areas. What’s next is a summary of some popular and common careers within linguistics.

Choosing an academic career is a common path of doing a career for linguists. Academic linguists dedicate themselves to science, and after years of training often they have a degree at the university such a linguistics professor.  Through their career at the university, they mostly share their experiences and knowledge with the younger linguists and essentially conduct researches sharing the consequences with the academic community which makes them live most of their lives working on publications, and conducting lectures and seminars.  And sometimes we see them on TV discussing a linguistic cause or a topic associated with the linguistics and the culture.

"Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures."
― Jean Piaget
Swiss Psychologist

Linguists are strongly advantageous in the field of language teaching due to their training in the systematics of the languages.   Teachers from the language education society may teach native and foreign languages at any level.  For  those pursuing English as a Second Language (ESL) or Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) credentials, acquiring a degree in linguistics may provide a good background. Linguists who work in the education sector are not limited to the teaching activities; development of the education materials, training of the language teachers, developing standardized testing materials and develop methods to assess language acquisition.

"If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone."
― Alfred Korzybski
Polish-American Independent Scholar

The activism of the linguists may also help a number of important causes as well. Linguists work to document, analyze, and preserve endangered languages by conducting fieldwork and establishing literacy programs.  This sort  of work can be highly significant for linguists collaborating with language societies around the world to help revitalize their languages.