What Is a Linguistics Degree?

Linguistics is the study of language, oftentimes broken down into three separate forms of science: the form, meaning and context of language. Students seeking a linguistics degree are looking to open themselves up to the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.

Linguistics degrees provide students with an understanding of how critical something that we take for granted every day is – language. Studying for a linguistics degree shows students how language has evolved throughout time, and how that evolution has advanced humankind.

Language goes beyond the spoken word. Language encompasses all communication. Written communication, programmed communication, translational communication, impaired communication, all of these are incapable without linguistics, without language.

Linguistics has morphed into an undeniable necessity in today’s globalised society. Without linguistics, communication would be impossible between governments, businesses and the people who run them.

Linguistics has brought the people of the world together through modernised communication and translation to create and sustain a global sense of community. Translation services alone have enabled the development of mass communication that benefits a globalised workforce and enabled a globalised economy.

A linguistics degree is the ticket a student needs to enter into this globalised workforce. It is also the degree for students who wish to make a difference in their local communities by helping the language impaired.

Linguistics Job Opportunities

Students graduating with a linguistics degree are prepared to enter into the field of language in many different mediums; linguistics goes beyond translation services, although translation is a critical part of linguistics and students who enjoy learning other languages will excel at translation services.

Becoming a translator is one of the primary reasons students study linguistics. Translators have the opportunity to work with businesses and governments all over the world, providing both written and verbal translation services. Translators have the opportunity to earn upwards of £16,000 a month after working in the field for quite some time. Translators usually enter the field earning £3,800 a month.

Students wanting to use their translation abilities to teach can move abroad or locally teach English as a foreign language. This career provides graduating students the opportunity to see the world, and salaries range from £14,000 to £38,000.

Graduating linguistic students who want to help others with disabilities can become speech and language therapists. These therapists help both the young and old who are faced with language difficulties, such as a child inflicted with a speech impediment or an elderly person who has suffered a stroke. Depending on whether the therapist works, salaries start around £21,000 and grow to £58,000 after gaining some experience in the field.

The job that identifies with linguistics the best is a lexicographer. A lexicographer creates and edits dictionaries – the official book of language. These linguists must be top of their game when it comes to language, and they can earn anywhere from £18,000 to £45,000.

Linguistics Curriculum

Linguistics students will study a curriculum that includes the history of language, how it has evolved and how it affects and shapes civilizations. Linguistic students will also study languages other than their native tongue to become fluent in speaking and writing them.

Linguistics students will learn how to research, collect, interpret and present linguistic data within several different mediums. This, coupled with learning advanced written communication skills, including proofreading and editing, provides students with a well-rounded comprehensive study of linguistics and languages.

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