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Application Deadline: February 15, 2022

Build a Career in NLP

According to a recent MarketWatch report, the global Natural Language Processing market size was estimated to be USD 7.86 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 30.48 billion by 2025. The NLP M.S. program at UCSC provides students with the skills and in-depth knowledge of NLP algorithms, technologies, and applications that are in high demand in this rapidly growing field. Our program goes beyond the classroom by supplying students with industry-relevant projects for the kind of real-world experience that is essential for a successful career in NLP.

A Look at Jobs in NLP

Silicon Valley employs a large number of people with experience and expertise in Natural Language Processing. Job search sites like LinkedIn list several thousand openings for natural language processing related jobs.

Check out these employment websites for information about career opportunities in NLP:

Jobs are regularly advertised by companies such as Amazon, Google, IBM, Verizon, YouTube, Bosch, Yahoo, Intel, Nuance, Facebook, and Apple among others. The typical position requires a combination of skills in NLP along with computer science and data science. This demand for M.S. students with expertise in NLP is highly likely to grow in the next decade.

Resources for Current Students

In addition to individualized academic support provided by the NLP Program Team and faculty, UCSC offers a variety of career support services for NLP graduates.

Through the UCSC Career Center, students can:

  • Meet with a Career Coach to explore career goals and develop job search strategies
  • Participate in workshops, fairs, on-campus interviews, conferences and more
  • Access resources to help refine application materials, network effectively and prepare for job interviews

The Career Center also provides resources for UCSC alumni as well. To learn more, visit the Career Center's website.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) for International Students

International students graduating from the NLP M.S. program who are in valid F-1 status are eligible for OPT. Graduates of the NLP M.S. program are also eligible for the OPT STEM Extension. The CIP code for NLP is 11.0102, which is the same as Artificial Intelligence, as listed on the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List. OPT-related questions should be directed to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office at