Where can linguistics work

Institute for Linguistics

Dream job linguist?

“What can you become after this degree?” - the question that students are asked most often. Why not study linguistics and have more than enough answers ready!

The "Linguistics" course allows for a multitude of specializations and thus opens up many career options.

“Due to their studies, philologists have many skills and strengths that make them attractive applicants for employers. They are particularly characterized by the highly respected soft skills. Not only excellent specialist knowledge counts, employers pay attention to further qualifications: Due to changed tasks and management structures with complex work processes in often international companies, employees are expected to be motivated and resilient. You should be able to quickly and flexibly familiarize yourself with foreign and new issues, be able to think analytically and networked, have organizational skills, good expressiveness and communication skills for your work in a team. These are all skills that philologists can acquire and train in their less structured studies."(Ickstadt, Darmstadt 2004, p.8-9)

Together with students / graduates, we were able to collect some examples of future prospects after this degree - with enough space and options for expansion.




PROFESSIONAL FIELD MEDIA / PRESS / PR / MARKETING
  • Journalist- Work as a journalist / editor for print media, regional newspapers, online communities or scientific journals
  • Publishing- Work at literary publishers
  • Copywriter at advertising agencies
  • various activities in the advertising
  • Activity in marketing - including online marketing and web design


PROFESSIONAL FIELD MEDICINE (RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY, THERAPY)

  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Diagnostics (therapy planning and evaluation)
  • therapy
  • consultation
  • Quality management, education and training, research and method development
  • Medical technology (e.g. MedEl)
  • Speech therapy (speech therapists - with additional training)


PROFESSIONAL FIELD OF HEARING DISABLED INSTITUTIONS

  • Interpreting (e.g. sign interpreter >>>>)
  • pedagogy
  • management

PROFESSIONAL FIELD SOCIAL SERVICES / INSTITUTIONS

  • Activity in the Social work
  • Supervisor in counseling centers and refugee homes
  • Language support for asylum seekers or people with a different mother tongue

PROFESSIONAL FIELD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & CULTURE MANAGEMENTT

  • Technical editing - User manuals
  • Technical Documentation
  • Activity in IT area of an international company
  • Activity in Cultural management
  • Computer / Software / New Media (Design, evaluation and development of "new media", production of (learning software), planning / development / implementation of hypertexts / hypermedia, communication / new technologies, ...)

PROFESSIONAL FIELD ADULT EDUCATION / LANGUAGE TEACHING

  • Adult schools - Management, organization of language courses, relevant activities
  • Lecturer for adult education (including DAF (German as a foreign language))
  • Literacy

PROFESSIONAL TRANSLATION / INTERPRETING

  • Translation / interpreting - self-employed or in (internationally active) companies, especially in a technical field
  • Literary translator
  • Information transfer between members of different language, communication and cultural communities

PROFESSIONAL FIELD UNIVERSITY

  • Linguistic teaching and research
  • administration

PROFESSIONAL FIELD TRAINING / PERSONNEL WORK

  • Expert in oral and written communication
  • Training, personnel work and development in companies, public administrations, associations, clubs, organizations or clinics
  • Training, instruction, advice, coaching (Development of solutions for communication problems)
  • Moderation and process support in and with groups (control and organization of communication processes)
  • Corporate communication

PROFESSIONAL FIELD OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

  • intercultural communication trainer (Mediation of intercultural skills for jobs abroad, international teams or institutional advisory situations in Germany)
  • Mediator (Solving conflicts that are caused by cultural differences and as a preventive measure in the case of internationally conflicting cooperation)
  • Consultant and cultural mediator (open up foreign markets or specific, culturally determined domestic markets and accompany measures for the integration of foreigners)

With additional training, students of linguistics can acquire outstanding qualifications and thus numerous career opportunities are open to them.

For more information, 2 further literature recommendations:
Becker-Mortzek, Brünner, Cölfen: Linguistic Professions - A guide to current linguistic professions (Forum APPLIED LINGUISTICS Volume 37), Peter Lang GmbH, Frankfurt am Main 2000

  • Becker-Mortzek, Brünner and Cölfen introduce their work with the chapter “Studying linguistics for work. Based on this introduction, various linguistic professional fields are dealt with in more detail - advanced training / HR work, intercultural communication, press / media / public relations, technical documentation, computers / software / new media, clinical linguistics, translation / interpreting and language teaching.

Ickstadt, Heinz (Ed.): Professions for philologists, Scientific Book Society Darmstadt, Darmstadt 2004

  • For example, Ickstadt portrays the path of a contract manager, a media agent, a screenwriter and television journalist, a public relator at Volkswagen, an online editor at ZDF, an Eastern European consultant at the Technical University of Munich or a literary translator - who found this path through a philological degree.