Why study linguistics at La Trobe?

World-class research

We’re ranked 'above world standard' for our research in language, communication and culture.

Australian Research Council, 2019, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Outcomes 2018

Real-world experience

Put your language skills into practice with professional placements in Australia and overseas.

Take a look at La Trobe's overseas study options.

Top 200 globally

One of the world’s leading university ranking agencies puts our arts and humanities subjects among the world’s best.

Times Higher Education (THE), 2019, World University Rankings 2020 by subject: arts and humanities

Career opportunities in linguistics

Career pathways

Studying linguistics builds skills in research, analysis and communication to prepare you for a range of different careers.

Possible roles include:

  • Translator or interpreter
  • Primary or Secondary school teacher
  • Language/ESL Teacher
  • Speech pathologist/audiologist
  • Researcher
  • Proofreader

Future employers

Potential employers of linguistics graduates include:

  • World Vision Australia
  • Australian National Audit Office
  • Stockland
  • State and Federal government
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Diageo
  • JP Morgan Chase & Company

Meet our staff

Photo of Tonya Stebbins

Language is central to our experience as social beings and a source of significant expressive and interpersonal power. Becoming fluent in a second language and understanding how language works are key skills in a global economy as well as central to effective communication in more local settings. People who are able to communicate effectively are highly valued by employers and sensitivity and insight into the speech and language of others allows for more sophisticated and nuanced responses to their needs.

Tonya Stebbins
Associate Professor of Linguistics,
La Trobe University

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