In Summary - Linguist
Linguists typically work in the following Career Sectors:
Neasa Ní Chiaráin Ollamh Cúnta le Teicneolaíocht Urlabhra agus Teanga don Ghaeilge
Neasa is a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin focused on using technology to promote Irish among learners.View transcript
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The Work - Linguist
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
- Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
- Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.
- Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.
- Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.
- Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.
- Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.
- Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.
- Train and supervise other translators or interpreters.
- Educate students, parents, staff, and teachers about the roles and functions of educational interpreters.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- 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.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- 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.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Interests - Linguist
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
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.
Entry Requirements - Linguist
Pay & Salary - Linguist
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 21k - 42k
Entrants: 21 - 25
Established: 28 - 42
Last Updated: March, 2017
* 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.