UGA Specific Information for Linguistics

Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program whose curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn about the many different ways that human language can be studied. Linguistics investigates the systematic structural properties of languages to determine similarities and differences among languages. Linguistics also investigates the sociological pressures on language use and the ways in which these pressures are reflected in language variation and change. Moreover, linguistics examines the psychological processes by which languages are learned and the way mature language users produce and interpret linguistic expressions. Students with extensive computer training, linguistics may offer them an edge for jobs in the expanding field of natural language processing and artificial intelligence.

Class of 2021 Career Outcomes for Linguistics*

** Includes Self-Employed

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  • Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field and therefore good preparation for a wide variety of graduate programs including: linguistics, speech pathology, audiology, cognitive sciences, English, law, journalism, foreign languages, etc.
  • Students who major in linguistics develop strong analytical and communication skills and the ability to debate. They are commonly required to gain proficiency in a second language.
  • Students should consider a secondary area of study such as, foreign language, computer science, psychology, or other area of interest to increase opportunities for employment or graduate school.
  • Consider study abroad and getting involved with the international community on campus. Attend language conversation tables.
  • Research career paths of interest and seek to gain the skills, experiences, and degrees necessary to work in that field.
  • Conduct informational interviews with or shadow professionals to learn about various work environments.
  • Join related professional associations as a student member.
  • Because many career paths require graduate education, learn about the graduate school admissions process and build a strong candidacy.
  • Gain relevant experience through jobs, volunteer positions, or internships.
  • Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. To search, select “groups” under the “interests” tab. Also, review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2020 Linguistics majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Appen Linguist
CAS Patent Authority Specialist
Hands On Atlanta Tutor
Peace Organics Packing Line
Sleep and Sinus Centers of Georgia Medical Assistant and Scribe
SMAKK Studios UX/Development Intern
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2020 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2020 Linguistics majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Georgetown University Language and Communication, MA
Georgia State University Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MAT
Hofstra University Forensic Linguistics, MALFL
University of Georgia Linguistics, PhD
University of Georgia World Language Education, Master's
University of Washington Computational Linguistics, MS
* denotes no responses received.