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Yunyao Li

     "NLP skills are highly desired in industry, and I’m pleased to be on the Industry Advisory Board for this program.”

     - Yunyao Li, Senior Research Manager with IBM Almaden Research Center

Silicon Valley employs a large number of people with experience and expertise in Natural Language Processing. For example, a recent search on LinkedIn for “Jobs in Natural Language Processing" returned 11,232 jobs worldwide, of which 6,055 are in the United States, and 1,559 are in California.


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. 

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