Are you fascinated with language and how the complexities of speech shape human development, cultural interaction and our society in general? Do you want to study the principles underlying human languages and the relationship between language and thought? Majoring in Linguistics will expose you to various questions surrounding the study of language, how it is acquired and how it provides new perspectives into social scientific research.

Career Options in Linguistics

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Linguistics degree than others.

  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication Specialist
  • Artificial Intelligence Specialist
  • Assistive Living Worker
  • Audiologist
  • Author
  • Autism Behaviour Specialist
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Communication Disorders
  • Assistant
  • Computer Programmer
  • Editor
  • ESL Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aid Worker
  • Linguist
  • Neurolinguist
  • Professor
  • Pronunciation Coach
  • Psychologist
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Researcher
  • Sign-language Interpreter
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Audio Therapist
  • Speech Writer
  • Speech-language Pathologist
  • Teacher
  • Translator

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.