While private companies and federal government agencies employ some linguists, most linguists conduct their work at colleges and universities. In fact, colleges and universities employ more linguists than all other employers combined. In addition, the Linguistic Society of America reports that opportunities in the private sector include foreign-language advertising and multicultural marketing support (for international corporations), text-to-speech development (performed by technology firms such as Apple, Amazon, and Google), machine translation, artificial intelligence development, and linguistic advocacy (documenting endangered languages). Those without doctoral degrees can find work with community colleges and special programs offering English as a second language courses.
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- College Professors
- Conservators and Conservation Technicians
- Cultural Advisers
- Education Directors and Museum Teachers
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers
- Foreign Service Officers
- Historic Preservationists
- Medical Ethicists
- Political Scientists
- Secondary School Teachers
- Sign Language and Oral Interpreters