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Linguistics (BA)

Career prospects

Your qualification in Linguistics from Leiden University will open doors into a wide range of roles and organisations, many of which are seeking candidates with both broad and specialised expertise in language and communication, as well as advanced problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

What will your professional field be?

Your future career will depend on your specific career goals. Our alumni hold positions in translation, interpretation, international affairs, consultancy, publishing, editing, teaching, and ICT, among many others.

Many of our alumni opt to study for a Master of Arts (MA) programme in Linguistics or a related field. A master’s diploma is valued by employers and increases your chances of finding a job or an academic-level position. 

Where do our students find work?

Graduates of the BA in Linguistics programme have taken many different positions at a wide variety of organisations. These include work as a researcher, consultant, manager in a governmental or NGO, editor, writer or translator. Some of the organisations where alumni of our linguistics programme work are: McKinsey & Company, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, and Brill Publishing.

  • 23.0 % Education
  • 23.0 % Research
  • 13.0 % IT
  • 10.0 % Publishing
  • 6.0 % Government and semi-government
  • 6.0 % Business services
  • 4.0 % Consultancy
  • 2.0 % Communication
  • 2.0 % Culture, sport and recreation
  • 10.0 % Other

Source: Job market survey 2016 among Linguistics graduates. Humanities Student Career Service

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