Your degree in Linguistics

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:

  • Logical thinking applied to the analysis of how language has evolved through history and can be taught and preserved
  • Analytical skills used to examine the structural properties of language and how it is processed
  • Research, collection, synthesis, and presentation of information across various subjects
  • Critical thinking demonstrating an awareness of cultural, historical, and social contexts 
  • Fieldwork incorporating the analysis of sounds, words, sentences and meanings in language
  • Collaboration in team situations with people from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Clear and concise written communication drawing upon a deep understanding of language
  • Persuasive public speaking and debating abilities that demonstrate carefully-reasoned arguments and comprehensive knowledge of linguistic theories and ideas

Explore 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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 a Second 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 clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Speech and Linguistics Student Association
Meet other UBC students through events, peer tutoring, and volunteer opportunities.

Departmental events
Network with Linguistics students and faculty members at upcoming colloquia, seminars, and conferences.

Departmental research opportunities
Register your research interests with the Department of Linguistics for a chance to get involved.

Linguistics research labs
Explore current UBC research in the field of linguistics.

Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference
Share your work, meet peers with similar interests, and learn about language-related research in Term 2.

UBC Turing Club
Learn how to understand and work with artificial intelligence and machine learning, no coding experience required.

Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making and Action
Volunteer in a research role focused on the development, analysis, and application of AI systems.

UBC tandem, Language Learning Program
Get matched with a language exchange partner and learn or teach a language..

AnkiApp flashcards
Create flashcards on your phone to study a new language or subject.

JET Programme
Get experience working abroad after graduation as a language teacher or international relations coordinator.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

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