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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.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising and Career Services' jobs database where employers indicated an interest in recruiting students majoring in applied linguistics. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for applied linguistics majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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 company that provides support to charter schools
  • Administrative Assistant for a nonprofit research organization
  • 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 a developer & manufacturer of software products
  • 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
  • Ticket Seller for a ski resort
  • 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 

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  • 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

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Miscellaneous

Department of Applied Linguistics — Portland State University

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