The Linguistics major provides a good variety of career possibilities. Linguists with BA's are frequently hired to teach foreign languages, English as a second or foreign language, and literacy. Employment opportunities also are available in such fields as health services, speech technology, legal consulting, writing and editing, language teaching, data mining, lexicography, and translation. Specialization outside the major (in language teaching, communication services, journalism, computational methods, psycholinguistics) is likely to enhance employability in these areas. Those wishing to continue to graduate school with a Linguistics BA from Berkeley will find themselves competitive for PhD programs in Linguistics and, depending on the focus of their major, in Anthropology, Psychology, Education, Sociology, and other fields. Berkeley BA recipients often continue to graduate school for professional degrees, as well, in areas such as speech language pathology, information management, library and information studies, accounting, museum studies, neuroscience, and law. Linguistics majors do well in the job market and in graduate school because of their skills in writing, critical thinking and interpersonal relations that are highly valued by employers and that apply to a wide variety of professional jobs.

Some representative job titles of recent Linguistics major graduates:

  • Voice recognition analyst
  • Equity analyst
  • Bilingual first-grade teacher
  • Legislative assistant
  • Interpreter
  • Librarian
  • Actor
  • Marketing manager
  • ESL instructor
  • Production artist (with advertising agency)
  • Public relations manager
  • Brand name analyst