Linguistics majors combine their studies with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, government, travel, health, journalism, law, or communication. Companies such as Microsoft, Xerox, Apple, and other high-tech firms regularly hire employees with linguistics degrees. Opportunities also exist for government work, for example, as a special agent linguist for the FBI. Some graduates choose to pursue advanced study in linguistics or other disciplines. A master’s degree with TESL emphasis qualifies graduates to teach English as a second language in the United States or overseas. Graduates with bachelor’s degrees in linguistics may be admitted to certain graduate programs without additional academic preparation, such as anthropology, English literature, foreign language specializations, law, library science, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.

For further information about career opportunities for linguistics majors, see Careers in Linguistics.

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent bachelor’s graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, young professionals, and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Projects may include English teaching assistantships, independent research, creative/artistic projects, university coursework or degree programs, training in a music conservatory or art school.

Career Resources for UI Undergraduate Students

The Pomerantz Career Center provides high-quality resources and services to students, alumni, and employers. The site has information designed to help you move through the various stages of the job search process, including the Handshake@UIowa website as well as information on upcoming employer visits, internships, and careers after college.

Schedule an Appointment with a Career Advisorhttps://careers.uiowa.edu/about/schedule-appointment
Attend a Job, Internship, or Career Fairhttps://careers.uiowa.edu/events/career-fair
Finding and Creating Internshipshttps://careers.uiowa.edu/students/finding-internship
Interview Practicehttps://careers.uiowa.edu/students/mock-interviewsinterviewstream
Job Search and Resume Basicshttps://careers.uiowa.edu/resumes
Federal Government Employment Resourceshttps://careers.uiowa.edu/students/federal-government-employment-resources
Post-Graduation Placement Information and Statisticshttps://careers.uiowa.edu/post-graduation-data