Careers for Linguistics Majors & Minors

What can you do with a degree in Linguistics?

The pervasive role that language plays in the human experience makes a linguistic major applicable to a vast range of professions. Our alumni pair their understanding of the structure, acquisition, and use of language with a rigorous, scientific approach to problem solving. With this exceptional combination of skills, they are able to both navigate complicated social and political dilemmas as well as develop and implement creative, evidence-based solutions in a variety of professional areas, including technology, medicine, government, nonprofit and education.

Example Alumni Job Titles Example Alumni Employers
  • Attorney
  • Linguistic Project Manager
  • Localization Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Professor
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Software Engineer
  • Teacher
  • Amazon
  • Google
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Microsoft
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Washington
  • US Department of Justice

Alumni Profiles

Career-Relevant Skills

Linguistics courses provide career-relevant skills desirable to many employers:

Career and Job Resources at UW

University of Washington offers diverse resources to help students build the skills to launch their careers:

  • C21: Center for 21st Century Liberal Learning — Offers immersive learning experiences, partnerships both on campus and in the community, and a network of mentors to help guide students in the College of Arts & Sciences on the pathway toward selecting a major and preparing for a career after college.
  • Career & Internship Center — Supports students as they explore and choose academic majors and career options, obtain and reflect upon career-related experiences, and develop professional presence and essential skills for workplace success.
  • Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center — Coordinates and connects students to community-based experiences in and around Seattle.