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What Can I do With a TESOL Certificate?

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Places of Employment

Students pursuing a TESOL certificate or Applied Linguistics Majors develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation, & problem solving skills. Students and alumni may find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising and Career Services' jobs database where employers indicated an interest in recruiting students with a certificate in TESOL. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for students with a TESOL certificate. This list does not reflect current openings.

For additional ideas, review this list of employers who posted jobs for students majoring in Arts and Letters:

Advising & Career Services' Resources

Advising & Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career

paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.

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  • Dialect Coach
  • Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Technical Writer
  • Technical Copy Editor
  • Electronic Lexicographer
  • Documentation Training Manager

Professional Associations

Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Applied Linguistics Majors and TESOL Certificates

  • Career Opportunity Briefs: Linguistics — Lists potential job titles, places of employment, and skills for linguistics majors. From University Career and Employment Services at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • What is Linguistics? — Also includes information on what to do with a linguistics major. From the Linguistics Department at Stanford University, Stanford, California.
  • English as 2nd Language — From Kenneth Beare for

Internet Sites with Job Search Information for Applied Linguistics Majors and TESOL Certificates


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