What Can I do With a Degree in Applied Linguistics

The information on this page is designed to help you explore possible careers. Use the links below to navigate to different areas of the page. We recommend working with a career counselor to help you identify careers based on your skills, interests, and values.

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.

Careers Reported by  Applied Linguistics Majors

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. The University Career Center provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Accountant for a law firm
  • Activity Writer for a web hosting service
  • 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 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
  • Fixed Income Analyst for a global financial services firm
  • Lab Manager/Researcher for a university
  • Linguistic Annotator for high-tech company
  • Outbound Administrator for a company the facilitates study abroad & student exchanges
  • Outreach Coordinator for an environmental nonprofit
  • 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
  • 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 public 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
  • Web Editor for a university
  • Writer for a law firm

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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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