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Published On: 27 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 01 Aug 2013

Linguistics is the study of social, historical, political, biological, psychological and economic aspects of a language. Linguists study the relationships between written and spoken languages and the groups of people who use them, including those from rural cultures in developing nations or modern urban cultures in the West. They also develop ways to use computers to translate languages and methods to analyze documents to check the validity of their stated origin.In order to build a career in the field of linguistics, a person should have proficiency in reading, writing as well as speaking the concerned language of study. The demand for trained professionals in linguistics is increasing, owing to the expansion of overseas trade links.

Courses & eligibility:

The various courses offered under linguistics are :

  • B.A.Linguistics
  • M.A.Linguistics
  • M.A. Applied Linguistics
  • M.Phil. Applied Linguistics
  • M.Phil. Linguistics and Phonetics
  • Ph.D. Applied Linguistics
  • Ph.D. Linguistics and Phonetics

The minimum eligibility criteria for admissions in a bachelor's course is 10+2 in any stream. Candidates who have completed their graduation can pursue the master's programme in linguistics, who in turn can opt for further studies by applying for M.Phl and Ph.D programmes.

Career Prospects:

Graduates can be employed as an audiologist, communication disorder specialist, broadcaster/ news reader, copy writer, editor, technical writer, translator, publisher, interpreter, language planner, lexicographer, teacher, psycholinguists, tour operator, researcher etc. Experienced linguists can work for universities, high-tech companies, research institutions, consulting firms, the government, and the military. Post graduate candidates in linguistics are recruited in hospitals as speech therapists or Neuro linguists, who treat speech problems in children and adults. One can also be employed as a speech trainer in call centers or can work with the Anthropological Survey of India. While the academic market for linguists remains fairly steady, there has been considerable growth in the area of computer-assisted language learning and online dictionaries and thesauruses. Once a linguist's work and publications have been recognized, consulting work may be available.


Freshers receive a salary around Rs.10000 to Rs.15000 pm as assistants in the government sector, while experienced candidates' average monthly salary is about Rs. 25000. The salary package for a linguist in colleges and universities is Rs. 10000- Rs. 25000, which may vary based on experience.

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