Profession linguist

Linguists translate or interpret from one language into another and study the origin, development and structure of languages.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional
  • Artistic / Social

Related professions language and humanities

  • Historian
  • Interpreter
  • Translator


  • Semantics

    The branch of linguistics that studies meaning; it analyses of words, phrases, signs, and symbols and the relation between them.

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

  • Phonetics

    The physical properties of speech sounds such as how their are produced, their acoustic properties and neurophysiological status.

  • Linguistics

    The scientific study of language and its three aspects, language form, language meaning, and language in context.

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.


  • Write scientific papers

    Present the hypothesis, findings, and conclusions of your scientific research in your field of expertise in a professional publication.

  • Speak different languages

    Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.

  • Study acquisition of language

    Examine how people learn languages, from childhood or in later stages of life, how this knowledge interacts with other cognitive processes, and how it can differ from language to language and across geographic areas.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

Optional knowledge and skills

terminology body language literature develop scientific theories history of literature translate language concepts cooperate in linguistic process steps conduct field work postediting journalism manage ict semantic integration use consulting techniques interview focus groups develop technical glossaries write research proposals anthropology practical lexicography conduct public surveys computer engineering apply teaching strategies cultural history theoretical lexicography develop terminology databases history improve translated texts translate spoken language computer science pronunciation techniques forensic linguistics teach languages

Common job titles

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  • Language specialist
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