Undergraduate Major Details


What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Linguistics major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
CEA C'E' Scuola Elementare Pubblica
CEA St James Children's Library
Davis Joint Unified School District
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
Japan Children's Home Internship Program
North Davis Elementary School
Robert E. Willett Elementary School
The Society of the Cincinnati
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Picnic Day
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Speech Therapy

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 32 12 37.5%
2013-14 32 8 25.0%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-14 36.8% 31.6% 26.3% 5.3%
2014-15 9.1% 54.5% 27.3% 9.1%
2015-17 16.7% 20.8% 45.8% 16.7%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Industrial Creative Office Manager
Pearson Education Sales And Marketing Associate
TAGG NYC Retail Associate
Teach for America Teacher
University of California, Davis English Teacher

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-17 $41,428 $28,000