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Linguistics Tripos and your career

Linguistics graduates find employment in a wide range of professions. Linguistics provides a broad interdisciplinary training, developing the ability to analyse quantitative data, construct abstract (grammatical) models, and test alternative hypotheses. Linguistics graduates have transferable skills that are greatly sought after by employers.

Thinking about and understanding the skills or competencies you have developed is a crucial aspect to career planning. You will find useful information via the Cambridge Skills Portal.

Linguistics provides a particularly good preparation for vocational training in fields such as:

  • speech therapy
  • teaching (especially of languages)
  • speech and language technology (developing and improving computer-based applications such as speech recognition and translation software)
  • law
  • translation; interpreting
  • forensic linguistics (in cases where authorship or voice identity may be at issue, increasingly required in analysing messages and texts where mobiles are used for crime).

The Prospects website explores Options with a Linguistics degree.

Familiarity with the range and essence of human languages is also a huge advantage in careers where rapid learning of unfamiliar languages may be involved, such as the Diplomatic Service.

The Linguist List website includes a section on Preparing for a Career in Linguistics

The Careers Using Languages pages may also give you some ideas.