Linguistics

Linguistics is about how language works and how humans use it.

Studying in this area involves learning about the structure of language and the way in which words and concepts come to have meaning.

Linguistics is also about the role and influence of language on human development and society.

This includes language's evolution and how children or adults learn to use language.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Linguist
  • Language teacher
  • English teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

137% of national
median earnings


Employment

62%
Employed
3%
Unemployed
27%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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