How to Become a Linguist - Linguist Career

Linguist Job Description

Linguists are responsible for studying the structure, development and usage of human language and speech. Linguists may work in a variety of industries, and their work duties will vary greatly depending on the nature and objectives of their employer. 


Linguist Job Duties

  • Design and implement research pertaining to the various elements of speech and language
  • Determine objectives for the study
  • Record detailed notes during the research process
  • Prepare reports pertaining to the conclusions reached during the study
  • May submit reports to funding bodies, or for the purpose of publication
  • Confer with other linguists and relevant professionals
  • May study the meaning and structure of words, phrases and sentences
  • May study sound systems and their structure
  • May work to identify speakers or writers for forensic purposes
  • May study the way languages change over time, and the way these changes help us understand human history
  • May work to develop software and informational databases



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