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    Careers Reported by  Applied Linguistics Majors

    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
    • 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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    Department of Applied Linguistics — Portland State University

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