It isn't definitely a "linguistic" question, but I hope there're some people who solved the same problems like me.
Since of my childhood I was very curious in languages and linguistics, but I hadn't enough money to study abroad and universities with good linguistics faculties. Finally I was graduating in computer programming and worked in software engeneering since I was graduated.
I want to ffind a way to connect both of my interests, but I don't know anyone who tried it, and I'm not sure about current situation in this field. For example, as long as I know, the spellchecking and parsing the search requests are well-developed enough and these problems are almost solved.
So, only a great research or a new university degree can help me with finding my place in that field. But is it possible from online courses, or I have to join "full-time" university (the second is impossible, I think :(). The thing is I don't know anyone who worked with such a problems (all of the linguists I know studied culture, histore, etc of the countries).