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Department of Linguistics

Kathleen Wynne is not only Ontario's former premier, she's also a Linguistics grad.

Kathleen Wynne (M.A., 1980) is the 25th premier of Ontario. Prior to becoming an MPP, she served as a school trustee in Toronto. She has played a major role as an organizer and facilitator, helping school communities grapple with education issues. Read more about Premier Wynne on LinkedIn. 

What do employers value about Department of Linguistics graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 92% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $46,262/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Linguistics alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication skills in these industries: 

  • Education
  • English language teaching
  • Media and Communication 
  • Research 
  • Healthcare Services 
  • Sales 
  • Administrative 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Information Technology 
  • Arts and Design 
  • Consulting
  • Publishing

graduate or professional school

A Linguistics degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Linguistics
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Education 
  • Cognitive Science
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Law 
  • Journalism
  • Library & Information Science
  • TESOL Certification
  • Publishing
  • Computer Science
  • Philosophy
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization. Prior groups have explored the work environments at YMCA Social Services and SickKids hospital.

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors and teaching assistants to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your industry.

Attend social and academic events, and a research conference organized by your student union SLUGS.

Work as a research assistant through a work-study position.

In sociolinguistics courses, get hands on experience collecting data and conducting interviews. In psycholinguistics courses, get hands on experience in collecting data. Take field methods to work with a speaker of another language to learn about their language.

As a Linguistics Specialist, learn one non-Romance, non-Germanic language before graduation.

Take JLS476H to gain experience working with people with speech disorders.

Take language revitalization to learn about how people go about revitalizing endangered languages.

Hone your analytic skills with courses in phonetics, phonology, syntax and semantics.