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Linguist

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Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

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Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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Linguist
Salary Range
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€22 - 45 
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Entrants: 22 - 25
Established: 35 - 45
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Studies and analyses languages and the science of verbal communication.


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Vivienne Breathnach
Lawyer Linguist-Barrister  
Vivienne completed a degree in Law and Irish in UCC, and after some further training completed a course for Lawyer-linguists at King's Inns. She now works as a Lawer-Linguist with the EU Commission and is based in Brussels.
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The Work header image

Work in this area is varied and can range from translating and interpreting, to language teaching including English as a foreign language (EFL) or as a second language (ESL). Linguists are also sought for specialised areas such as computational linguistics (a combination of computer science and linguists).  
 
Some linguists specialise in specific areas of language study, some study that sounds and phonetics of language. Others study the structure and form that language takes. Most linguists either teach or have taught language to language students. 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.

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Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.

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Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.

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Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.

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Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.

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Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.

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Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.

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Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.

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Train and supervise other translators or interpreters.

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Educate students, parents, staff, and teachers about the roles and functions of educational interpreters.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Foreign Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Given the wide range of opportunities available to a linguist it is difficult to specify a single group of qualities and skills. The ability to handle complex information is desirable however.


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Organisation: The Irish Translators and Interpreters Association (ITIA)
  Address: C/o Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 872 1302 / 087 673 8386
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