Careers in linguistics

Student in a linguistics sound lab
A linguistics degree can lead to many exciting career options like speech pathology or audiology. Students can get hands-on experience working with speech technology.

What can you do with a career in linguistics?

There are many uses for linguistic expertise, including speech pathology or audiology, working in the speech technology industry, and teaching English or other languages around the world. The possibilities are endless.

Co-op for linguistics students

Co-op helps you start building your career while you're still at university. It's designed to work around your academic courses, so you'll complement what you're learning in class with practical workplace experience.

Co-op enables you to try out a range of jobs before you graduate; gain work experience and skills; and make connections with employers. And you get paid for the experience! 

Learn how to join the co-op program.

Some career options for linguistics graduates

  • Audiologist
  • Communications officer
  • Community outreach and advocacy
  • Curriculum planner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human resources coordinator
  • Immigration/intelligence officer
  • Legal professional
  • Librarian/archivist
  • Literacy facilitator
  • Program manager
  • Social media manager
  • Speech language pathologist
  • Teacher, ESL
  • Technical writer
  • Translator and interpreter
  • Volunteer coordinator

Additional education and training may be required.

More information from UVic Co-op + Careers (pdf)

Develop your career

Meet our alumni

Aliana Parker

Language Revitalization Program Specialist
First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC)

Aliana works closely with First Nations community partners throughout BC to coordinate Indigenous language grant programs. She supports Language Nests, Mentor-Apprentice teams and other language projects throughout the province, and facilitates training workshops on a variety of language revitalization strategies. Aliana researches effective strategies and inspired practices in language renewal and develops resources and tools to share with language champions and advocates around the province. She participated in the development of the Our Living Languages exhibition hosted at the Royal BC Museum. Read more.
Linguistics and Spanish - BA (2008), Applied Linguistics - MA (2012)

Taylor Marie Young

Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP

Taylor Marie is an associate with Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP, a boutique litigation firm based in Kelowna, BC. She practices civil and commercial litigation in a range of areas, including contractual and other business-related disputes, estate law, professional liability and intellectual property law. Prior to law school, she obtained her MA in linguistics, where she learned invaluable skills in research, speech analysis and the use of language more broadly. She continues to use these skills daily in her profession. Read more.
Linguistics - MA (2011)

Geoff Stevenson

Speech Language Pathologist
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health

Geoff works with school-aged children and young adults with a range of communication skills and challenges, helping them maximize their potential for meaningful and functional communication. He has also recently started working within a multidisciplinary assessment team to help diagnose and understand the needs of children with complex developmental profiles. His undergraduate degree provides him with strong foundational knowledge that he draws from virtually every day in his professional endeavors.
Linguistics - BSc (2014)

Aliki Marinakis

Indigenous Language Programs Manager
Indigenous Education, University of Victoria

Aliki manages the delivery of language specific, community-based programs that focus on both building language proficiency in adults, and teaching certification. Working in partnership with different Indigenous communities within their own traditional territories, she supports the community’s goals around language revitalization, and specifically around language learning and teaching. Read more.
Linguistics - BA (1999), MA (2004)

Carolyn Pytlyk

Research Facilitator
University of Saskatchewan

Carolyn supports and enhances the research programs and activities of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan through a wide range of research supports—all the way from conception through to dissemination. She provides guidance and expertise to researchers in securing funding and increasing research impact, which promotes research intensivity at the university. Specifically, Carolyn assists researchers with identifying potential research funding, developing programs of research, preparing and editing grant proposals, developing appropriate budgets, connecting researchers, writing ethics applications, building CVs and mobilizing knowledge.
Linguistics - MA (2007), PhD (2012)

Scott Reid Moisik

Assistant Professor
Nanyang Technological University

Immediately following his graduation from the UVic, Scott worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where he used techniques such as MRI to study the relationship between vocal tract variation and the way we produce speech sounds. He works as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. There, he enjoys teaching and doing research about how the anatomy and physiology of speech ("the meat of speech" as he's fond of saying) shape or influence the sounds we use in speech.
Linguistics - PhD (2013)