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Places of Employment

Applied linguistics majors develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation, & problem solving skills. Students and alumni may find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

This is a list of jobs applied linguistics majors reported having at (or shortly after) graduation. This list was built from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Accountant for a law firm
  • Activity Writer for a web hosting service
  • Administrative Assistant for a university
  • Advertising Effectiveness Analyst for an interactive media company
  • Analyst for financial services provider
  • Assistant for a talent agency
  • Assistant Language Teacher for a Japanese cultural exchange program
  • Assistant Language Teacher for a sister-city program
  • Associate Support Engineer for a provider of internet-related products
  • Biological Technician for a federal scientific agency
  • Business Advisor for a bank
  • Campaign Coordinator for a sales & marketing consulting firm
  • Central Operations Administrator for a global accounting firm
  • Communication Analyst for a human resources consulting firm
  • Customer Training Consultant for a software company
  • English as a Second Language Teacher for a standardized test prep company
  • English Teacher for a Korean ministry of education-sponsored program
  • English Teacher for a nonprofit that builds affordable housing
  • English Teacher for cultural exchange program
  • Executive Trainee for an apparel retailer
  • Fixed Income Analyst for a global financial services firm
  • Ground Operations Supervisor for an airline
  • Lab Manager/Researcher for a university
  • Lead Service Specialist for a global consumer electronics company
  • Linguistic Annotator for high-tech company
  • Outbound Administrator for a company the facilitates study abroad & student exchanges
  • Outreach coordinator for an environmental nonprofit
  • Paralegal for a law firm
  • Parent Liaison for a high school
  • Police officer for a city
  • Political Officer for a US embassy
  • Project Coordinator for a company specializing in language services
  • Project Coordinator for a translation services company
  • Project Manager for a public science center
  • Publications Intern for a professional society for scientists
  • Quality Assurance Consultant for a company that develops technology for call centers
  • Reporter for a local newspaper
  • Research Assistant for a medical research institute
  • Research Associate for a university
  • Sales Assistant for a bank
  • Search Quality Associate for a provider of internet-related products
  • Software Engineer for a travel website
  • Staff Associate for an association management company
  • Teacher for a school district
  • Teacher for an educational nonprofit
  • Teaching Assistant for a French cultural exchange program
  • Translator/English Teacher for a global professional services firm
  • Underwriter for an integrated managed care consortium
  • Video Search Associate for a web video search engine
  • Web Editor for a university
  • Writer for a law firm

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Advising & Career Services' Resources
Advising & Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.

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Vocational Biographies 

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: Portland su and pass code: 3w9n

  • Dialect Coach
  • Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Technical Writer
  • Technical Copy Editor
  • Electronic Lexicographer
  • Documentation Training Manager

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Applied Linguistics Majors and TESL Certificates

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Internet Sites with Job Search Information for Applied Linguistics Majors and TESL Certificates

  • LINGUIST Jobs in Linguistics — Majority of jobs listed require advanced degrees.
  • Directory of Work Abroad Web Sites (Worldwide Sites), Region-Specific Sites for Work and Study Abroad, Profession-Specific Sites for Work and Study Abroad, and International Job Listings — From the Overseas Opportunities Office, International Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • The ESL Job Center — From Dave Sperling, author of Dave's ESL Cafe.
  • Internet TESL Journal
  • JET Programme

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Miscellaneous

Department of Applied Linguistics — Portland State University

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