Ideas for careers

B. Evans, E. Kaisse, K. Manlove; March 2015

LING Major + Minor or Second Major

Minor or Second major

Career specialty

Foreign language/American Sign Language

  • Translator/interpreter (signed and oral languages)
  • Teach a foreign language
  • Language education policy (e.g. minority language achievement)
  • Teach English as a second language


  • Product naming and advertising

K12 education

  • Teaching
  • Testing specialist
  • Language education policy
  • Curriculum developer
  • Textbook writer

Computer science

  • Language Technology
  • Biomedical Informatics (electronic health record analysis)
  • Business Intelligence
  • Automatic Speech Recognition
  • Speech Synthesis


  • Acting
  • Dialect Coaching
  • Screenwriting

Public policy

  • Language and public policy: diversity and ethnicity
  • Language Conservation

Political science

  • Government Bureaus: FBI, NSA, CIA
  • State Department
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Community activist

Criminal justice

  • Forensic linguistics


  • Journalism

LING Major + Further Education or Certificates

Further Education/Certificates

Career specialty

Theoretical Linguistics

  • Research in linguistic theory
  • Language documentation and revitalization

Computational Linguistics

  • Natural Language Processing


  • Teaching English as a second language


  • Writing, teaching, editorial work (e.g. publishing)


  • Specialization in law texts or forensic linguistics