Careers in languages and linguistics

Where could studying languages and linguistics take you?

Massey offers programmes in linguistics, speech and language therapy, and languages (English for university preparation, Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and te reo Māori). Discover where a qualification in languages and linguistics could take you.



Your love of languages will give you an edge in the international job market.

Career paths you might explore in languages include:

  • Banking
  • Business
  • Development
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Foreign affairs
  • Health care
  • International business
  • Immigration and customs
  • Policy analysis
  • Teaching
  • Trade and commerce
  • Travel and tourism
Applied linguistics


The study of linguistics or applied linguistics helps you understand the development of language and can lead to an array of careers.

Career paths you might explore in linguistics include:

  • Education: ESOL teacher, language teacher, literacy advisor, university lecturer
  • Business, administration and law: communications advisor, interpreter/translator, forensic document analyst
  • Government departments: policy analyst, researcher, cultural adviser, immigrations officer
  • Publishing, journalism, media and advertising: writer/editor, advertising consultant
  • IT: computer analyst/programmer
Speech language therapy

Speech language therapy

A Massey Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours will set you up for a rewarding career helping people of all ages with speech and language difficulties.

Our graduates typically find work in areas such as:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Private practice

Meet our graduates