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Career Outlook

As the role of computers and technology grows ever larger in our daily lives, business and industry are increasingly seeking experts in the complicated nexus between humans and machines. Computational linguistics is an academic discipline that directly addresses this need, combining elements of linguistics, software engineering, artificial intelligence and electrical engineering to help machines process human language and help linguists understand language through computer models.

Computational linguists apply their skills in the development of applications related to translation, voice recognition, automated text analysis, search engines and other pioneering technologies. Research in this field has an impact on a wide range of disciplines and different industries.

Compensation and Job Placement

Those who earn a master's degree in computational linguistics are equipped with the abilities and experience necessary to land well-compensated positions across a variety of fields and industries. Salary level varies, depending on the industry and particular role, but data compiled by SalaryList found that computational linguists made an average of about $72,000 a year, with the top-end annual salary at $132,000.

Students in the UW Master of Science in Computational Linguistics program have had considerable success in internship placement, securing positions at companies such as Google, Microsoft, PARC, Adapx, VoiceBox Technologies, InQuira, Group Health and Amazon. Our graduates have obtained full-time employment at Google, Facebook, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, H5, Bosch, Samsung, VoiceBox Technologies and Apple, among many others. We make every effort to connect our current and former students with potential employment opportunities.

Functional Job Roles

The following is a small selection of the job titles that a Master of Science in Computational Linguistics prepares you for:


Research Scientist

Software Engineer

Speech Scientist

Computational Linguist

Voice Interaction Designer

Linguistic Engineer

Natural Language Processing Software Engineer

Natural Language Processing Research Engineer

Machine Learning Engineer

Linguistic Annotation Manager

Natural Language Processing Manager

Natural Language Processing Scientist

Software Researcher

Language Modeling Researcher

You can review a searchable database of current and past job postings to get a sense of the diversity of employment opportunities available to individuals in this field.

The program gave me the framework to understand how everything fits together, and it gave me the tools for knowing how to conduct research in the field. It allows you to enter a career that involves language to be focused on linguistics in a very marketable way in industry...I wouldn't have [my] job if I didn't have the

— Safiyyah Saleem,
2010 Program Graduate, Speech and Language Manager, VoiceBox Technologies