Linguists study the origin, structure and development of languages.
Occupations in this group are characterized by the following aptitudes, interests and worker functions as they relate to main duties:
- General learning ability to understand, acquire and apply principles, theories and methods of study in linguistics in order to study the development of languages and to apply linguistic theory to problems in teaching, translation and communications
- Verbal ability to understand, analyze and describe ancient and modern languages and language families
- Innovative interest in co-ordinating information to reconstruct and decipher ancient languages and to investigate computer applications in language studies and communications
- Directive interest in consulting with other linguists and related professionals concerning research activities; and to advise government on language programs
- Methodical interest in identifying and classifying ancient and modern languages according to their families and origins, and in recording previously written languages in standardized written form
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- A master's or doctoral degree in the discipline is usually required.
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Specialization within this occupation occurs through specialized university study or through experience.
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