MLC’s Favorite Career Resources
These resources are designed to help you start thinking about what a career means to you, what type of career you’d like to pursue, and how you might want to incorporate linguistics into your field of choice.
Brainstorming Careers: For Linguists
- Career View: Linguistics (Victoria University of Wellington)
- Career Paths for Linguists (MLC’s original Co-Directors Deborah Schiffrin and Anna Marie Trester)
- Why Major in Linguistics? (Linguistic Society of America)
Advice and Suggestions
- Versatile PhD hosts discussion forums for graduate-degree holders (in all disciplines) looking for non-academic careers.
- Beyond Academe: includes useful information including tips on transforming a CV into a resume, beginning and conducting a job search, as well a whole host of other information.
- O*Net: detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
Organizations of Interest
These are some of the organizations that have hired linguists trained here at Georgetown.
Communication and Consulting
- Clyde Group: advise major corporations, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, industry-defining associations and household brands on public relations and public affairs
- Hattaway Communications: bring together strategic focus, human insight, and creative execution to help businesses create meaningful, measurable impact
- maslansky + partners: provides expertise in behavioral science, linguistics, and strategic thinking to help businesses achieve their goals through language strategies
- Thread Strategies: provides fundraising consulting services to make fundraising more coordinated, supported, and effective so that social change organizations can maximize their impact
- Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship: integrates a teaching and learning center with the latest educational technology.
- Elsmere Education: partners with colleges and universities to research, develop, launch, and market in-demand graduate programs
- Lexia Learning: empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction
Health and Technology
- Nuance: a computer software technology corporation providing speech and imaging applications
- inVibe: a full-service voice research company that helps healthcare organizations generate meaningful evidence and gain actionable insights by unlocking the signals in the human voice
- Ogilvy Common Health: provides a full continuum of “For the Life of the Brand™” services to the healthcare industry including advertising and promotion, brand identity and development, global integration, direct-to-consumer, direct-to-patient, relationship marketing, digital/interactive services, etc.
- Verilogue: focuses on language and communication between patients, physicians and the healthcare industry
Non-profit and Research
- Center for Applied Linguistics: promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted source for language education research, resources, and policy analysis
- Frameworks Institute: identifies the most effective ways to talk about complicated social issues such as criminal justice, education, climate change, and immigration by developing a deep understanding of public attitudes and thinking
- Smithsonian Institution: outreach, public education, and research across 19 museums and galleries
- UNESCO: promotes linguistic diversity and intercultural dialogue
Finding Jobs as a Sociolinguist
Where can I search for jobs? These are some of our favorite aggregate sites and job search engines for specific industries. These will get you started – but don’t forget to network, use LinkedIn, and seek out the HR websites for organizations you’re interested in!
- Idealist.org: jobs dedicated to particular issues and causes (e.g. environmental policy, women’s issues, NGOs, etc)
- USA Jobs: federal government jobs
- Diversity Jobs: directory of current positions in companies committed to diversity
- NAFSA Job Registry: international education; open positions in a variety of fields
- Jobs in the Humanities and Social Sciences: jobs in secondary and higher education; social science in industry