Your degree in Linguistics

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Linguistics, you’re learning about one of the most fundamental things that makes us human: our language. You’ll develop important skills within a highly interdisciplinary field that combines research methods from the humanities, social, natural, and mathematical sciences.

These skills may include:

  • Applying logical thinking to analyze how language has evolved through history and can be taught and preserved
  • Analyzing the structural properties of language and how it is processed
  • Researching, collecting, synthesizing, and presenting information across various subjects
  • Critical thinking that demonstrates an awareness of cultural, historical, and social contexts 
  • Carrying out fieldwork and analyzing sounds, words, sentences, and meanings in real-world language
  • Collaborating in team situations with people from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Clear and concise written communication drawing upon a deep understanding of language
  • Public speaking and debating abilities that demonstrate persuasive, carefully-reasoned arguments and comprehensive knowledge of linguistic theories and ideas

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including interpretation or translation, language teaching, communications, publishing, government, speech recognition, artificial intelligence, codes and code breaking, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Art or Music therapist
  • Artificial intelligence designer
  • Audiologist
  • Communications manager
  • Communications policy researcher
  • Editor
  • English as an Additional Language teacher
  • Foreign service officer
  • Heritage languages program director
  • Human resources specialist
  • Human-computer interface designer
  • Journalist
  • Language school instructor
  • Linguist
  • Linguistics advisor
  • Literacy program coordinator
  • Literary agent
  • Marketing specialist
  • Public affairs officer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Reading clinician
  • Recreation therapist aide
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Research assistant
  • Sign language instructor 
  • Special education assistant
  • Speech pathologist
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Technical writer
  • Translator or Interpreter
  • UX or UI designer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Linguistics graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths. 

More information

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