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Why Study Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Employers seek individuals with the ability to express themselves clearly,to solve novel problems and to present their solutions in a clear and accessible form. These skills are central to the study of Linguistics.
In a period when Australian culture is coming to terms with the need to relate to the worldwide mosaic of non-English speaking cultures, and when information and communication are moving to technological centre stage, there is a growing demand for people equipped to analyse language. An increasing number of employers, ranging from language teachers to engineers of knowledge systems and speech synthesis, from translators to managers to designers of natural-language interfaces for computers, from lexicographers to lawyers to bilingual schools in Aboriginal communities, realise the value of a sound training in Linguistics.
Many graduates welcome the opportunity to travel after graduation. One passport to working overseas is teaching English as a Foreign Language. While Applied Linguistics in your degree will not provide you with the teaching qualification you will need, it will give you a head start in understanding and orienting you to the area and will give you relevant knowledge and analytical skills.
Graduates with a background in Applied linguistics also gain an enhanced understanding of how people learn first, second and foreign languages and of how language is used in the community. These skills will be relevant to students interested in preparing for careers as language teachers, language education and assessment experts, speech pathologists, interpreters and translators, and a variety of jobs in industry where language and communication are issues are of concern. This background is also relevant preparation for postgraduate study in Applied Linguistics, Education, Linguistics, and Languages Other Than English.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gain enhanced social awareness and sophisticated interpersonal skills which fit them to join the workforce as potential managers and leaders. Graduates are able to transfer the skills they acquire across many sectors such as government, education, the arts, and commerce and industry, where they work as administrators, archivists, art conservationists and curators, criminologists, editors, historians, journalists and media professionals, social workers, teachers and public relations and advertising professionals. Graduates are also well-placed to upgrade and increase their professional skills within the Faculty by undertaking further professionally-related graduate diplomas.
Studying Linguistics and Applied Linguistics teaches a wide range of generic skills that are useful in many ways, it also provides specific skills that are central to a wide range of occupations.
Whether it's teaching foreign languages, or English as a second language, or travelling the world teaching English, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics lay essential foundations. Once teaching, higher qualifications in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics considerably increase your career prospects.
As the IT industry rapidly expands direct interaction between people and machines the demand increases for linguists to work on speech recognition and synthesis, and on developing computers facility to interpret and generate natural language.
Speech therapy and speech pathology
A background in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics is a definite advantage in work helping people like stroke victims and the developmentally disabled overcome speech difficulties.
Translation and interpreting
Careers in translation and interpreting can be attractive in pay and conditions, and Linguistics and Applied Linguistics provide unique skills in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication.
Working with Aboriginal communities
The languages and cultures of Australia's indigenous people are rapidly being lost, and many indigenous schools and communities employ trained linguists to help provide language and literacy materials. Linguists can also play a part in land-rights claims.
Employment in multicultural Australia
Training in linguistics provides skills that can lead to employment working with minority community groups, or with government to develop policies and programs on multilingualism and community languages.
Linguists are needed by publishers to work on language reference books such as dictionaries and thesauruses, and on language-teaching materials, and the demand for these kinds of books is huge.