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Department of Linguistics

Linguistics Careers

Types of linguistics careers

Our Linguistics degree programs are designed to prepare you to work in the areas of language teaching, curriculum development, literacy education, assessment and program evaluation, bilingualism, teacher education, policy development, management, or community service where language and communication are critical issues. 

If you opt to pursue a career as a Linguistic researcher, you could be at the forefront of language education and science, asking questions such as:

  • What do we unconsciously know about language?
  • How can we learn to talk about it?
  • How does language reveal ourselves to ourselves and to others?
  • How can we learn to be critical about our linguistic beliefs and prejudices?
  • Why do some languages thrive and other languages die out?
  • Can anyone learn any language?

These are just some of the areas that linguists work focuses on to improve through research, education and practice.

Compare our courses and career pathways

Linguistics courses and careers at a glance

Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences

Bachelor of Human Sciences

Bachelor of Arts
- Major in Linguistics

Bachelor of Social Sciences
- Major in Sociolinguistics

leads you to:

Careers:
linguist, clinicians, language teachers, speech researcher or technologist
leads you to:

Careers:
welfare advocate, community based worker, health service provider, non-government aid
leads you to

Careers:
broadcast media, journalism, editing and publishing, library management or language research
leads you to

Careers:
broadcaster, policy advisor, library manager, research and policy adviser.

Postgraduate studies:

Audiology
which leads to a career as an audiologist

Speech and Language Pathology
which leads to a career as a speech pathologist

TESOL
which leads to a career as an ELS/EAL teacher

Postgraduate studies:

Audiology
which leads to a career as an audiologist

Physiotherapy 
which leads to a career as a physiotherapist

Postgraduate studies:

TESOL
which leads to a career as an ELS/EAL teacher

Editing and E-Publishing
which leads to a career as a professional editor or publisher 

Translating and Interpreting
which leads to a career as a professional translator/interpreter*.

 

Postgraduate studies:

TESOL
which leads to a career as an ELS/EAL teacher

Editing and E-Publishing
which leads to a career as a professional editor or publisher

Translating and Interpreting
which leads to a career as a professional translator/interpreter*.

Entry to Masters Programs is conditional upon meeting certain eligibility requirements and some are competitive entry.

*If you are fluent in one of the second languages that are offered.

Got a question?

Does the Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences provide a direct pathway to a career?

The Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences offers pathways into vocational postgraduate programs that lead to a range of careers.

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology and the Master of Clinical Audiology are the main pathway programs. To gain entry to these, you will need to have gained at least a Credit average on the Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences (65% average).  However, both these programs are highly competitive and meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee entry. Alternate professional pathways are the Postgraduate Certificate of TESOL or, from 2015, the Postgraduate Certificate of Editing and Electronic Publishing.

Does the Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences lead to a research or academic career?

The main pathway to a research or academic career is through the Master of Research (MRes). The MRes is the pathway program to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Macquarie University. It is a 2 year full time program which equips students with intensive research preparation before beginning doctoral study.

 

Need career advice?

Our graduates have found places in the above careers and numerous other careers where clear and effective communication and sensitivity to other people's needs are highly valued. You can seek career advice and support from the Macquarie Career Service team to help you find the right job, including:

  • One-to-one career consultations by appointment
  • Drop-in sessions in the faculty
  • Faculty-specific and cross-faculty career workshops, expos and events (register on CareerHub)
  • Career planning assistance
  • Interview practice
  • Resume reviews
  • Jobs on and off campus (register on CareerHub)

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