Careers in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program is for those interested in pursuing a career as a speech language pathologist or as an audiologist. There is a wide range of options within these career fields.

Education

You may work in a school setting with students who have disabilities, helping them receive the best education possible. As an audiologist, you advocate for and work with students who have hearing loss. As a speech language pathologist, you may work with students who face challenges with speech and language, including autism. You may help develop curriculum or choose materials that will help students learn.

Medical

You may work in a health care setting, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers or private practice, where you are assisting people with different communication disorders. This can include individuals with disabilities or patients who have had strokes or traumatic brain injuries. Speech language pathologists may assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients.

Industry

As an audiologist, you may work within industry, helping plan and execute hearing conservation programs for workers. This may include using technology to evaluate hearing loss and educating employers and employees on best practices.

Undergraduate Careers

If a student does not go on to graduate school, the skills and education they receive in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program provides the foundation for other career opportunities including education, special education, counseling, and other health-related professions. Possible employment with an undergraduate degree can include para-educators and rehabilitation aides.