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Linguistics (BA)

Career prospects

What is your preferred career path? Would you like to teach? Do you enjoy doing research? Or would you prefer a job that involves writing and editing? You will find that your Linguistics degree is a perfect preparation for the career of your choice.

These skills will help you

As a Linguistics graduate you will have developed not only strong academic skills, but also resourcefulness, the ability to set priorities, to work independently, to process complex information and to be self-motivated. These skills will greatly enhance your appeal for future employers. If you also have gained relevant work experience during your studies, this will help you find the job of your dreams even faster.

Our job market survey shows that 85% of our graduates find a job within two months and of those, 85% is a highly qualified job.

What will your professional field be?

Your degree in Linguistics makes you an attractive candidate for a variety of potential employers. For example, you could work in research, education, IT or communication and marketing.

  • 23 % Education
  • 18 % Research
  • 14 % IT
  • 14 % Communication
  • 9 % Government and semi-government
  • 9 % Information management
  • 5 % Non-profit (e.g. NGOs)
  • 5 % Business services
  • 3 % Other

Source: Job market survey 2020 among Linguistics graduates 2016-2019. Career Service Humanities.

Our graduates have found employment in organisations such as:

  • Brill Publishers
  • Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
  • McKinsey & Company | Global
  • Consultancy bureaus
  • Translation bureaus
  • PhD positions at various universities
  • Institute for Dutch Language

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