Linguists sometimes called “translators” or “interpreters” study all aspects of language. The website says that linguists use a scientific approach to examine many aspects of language including the origins of both written and spoken words that comprise a specific language. They also analyze both the sounds and meanings of words. Some linguists (lexicographers) specialize in studying the definitions of words in a particular language while others (etymologists) focus on the origin and evolution of words and yet others focus on the anthropological aspects of language such as the relationship between written and spoken language in a given culture. Another group of linguists concentrate on developing artificial languages. Many linguists teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. However some work for publishing companies or high-tech computer science companies where they assist computer scientists in creating new computer languages that resemble human language and in developing software that responds to human speech. Linguists can also be employed by the government and the military. For entry-level jobs linguists need a bachelor’s degree from a college or university with a program in linguistics. However a master’s degree in applied linguistics broadens employment opportunities. Those who plan on conducting advanced research or holding academic positions will need a doctoral degree. According to the website earnings depend on the exact type of work the area of expertise the years of experience and the level of education of the linguist but says that the annual salary range is from $24000 to more than $100000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $60000
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $24000
Tasks: Studies the science of language.
Determines the origins of words.
Translates languages using computers.
Anticipates the evolution of languages.
Also Called: Translator
Language Expert
Language Scientist
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