Studying linguistics provides you with many subject-specific skills. These include the ability to transcribe and analyse language in fine detail, and understand and critique theories and ideas. You also learn how to present linguistic data in different formats, such as tables, graphs, matrices, diagrams and reports. Research skills are also developed, especially regarding the accurate collection of data, research methodology, analysis techniques and statistical analysis, using appropriate IT packages where necessary.
Throughout the degree programme, students study the subject of communication but also pick up excellent communication skills themselves, including written communication through writing up research and oral communication through interacting with language subjects.
Linguistics is a constantly developing subject and you learn how to interpret new information and differing opinions.
There are also other generic and transferable skills that you can pick up from studying a linguistics degree. They include:
All of these skills are highly valued by employers, meaning you can use your degree in other areas not related to linguistics.
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