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 "a significant number of linguists [are] pursuing careers in industry and K–14 education after obtaining their doctorates." 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