Formed in 2015.


The SIG speaks to the needs of three parts of the linguistics community:

  • Professionals with linguistics training
  • Linguistics students at the graduate and undergraduate level
  • Linguistics faculty

For professionals

  • Promoting the inclusion of linguists outside traditional academic and faculty career paths into the activities and programming organized by the Linguistic Society of America

  • Advising the LSA on the needs of its non-academic membership

  • Providing networking opportunities for linguists beyond academia at LSA Annual Meetings and other events

For students

  • Facilitating mentoring and communication between linguists working across fields and current linguistics graduate students, undergraduate students, and recent graduates

  • Partnering with industry linguists to increase graduate and undergraduate students’ awareness of career paths and opportunities across professional fields

For faculty

  • Working to increase linguistics faculty’s awareness of professional opportunities and the role of linguistic research in non-academic contexts


  • Linguists working beyond traditional faculty, teaching, and research roles in academic institutions. Members of the SIG are professionally active in organizations such as for-profit businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and higher education.
  • Linguistics students (at all levels) and graduates interested in pursuing careers as linguists outside or “beyond” academia.
  • Linguists working in academic contexts who wish to learn more, and be connected to those who have pursued these paths. This includes faculty, administrators, career services professionals, and so on.

Members network and exchange information; discuss and document the uses of linguistics and linguistic research across various professional contexts; and provide insight and advice on career opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students, advisors, and career changers.


  • Programming at LSA meetings, the LSA Linguistic Institute, including networking events, discussions on various professional topics, panels, etc.
  • Occasional events convened by SIG members around topics of interest.
  • Individual mentorship matching between professional linguists and linguistics students.
  • Career development resources for members.


The SIG has produced several webinars to date in collaboration with the LSA.  You can find video and other resources from those webinars here:

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SIG Leadership:

Special Project Contributors:

Executive Committee Liaison: John Baugh

Staff Liaison: Alyson Reed

LSA members who are interested in participating in this SIG are encouraged to join the Facebook group, follow @LingBeyondAcad and/or email [email protected]


So this is for grad students? Not for people with a bachelor's degree?

Students at all levels are welcome to join the SIG!

I'm a new LSA member. How can I join this SIG?