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Communication Sciences and Disorders Career Outlook

A program that focuses on the application of biomedical, psychological, and physical principles to the study of the scientific bases, development, and treatment of speech, language, hearing, and cognitive communication problems caused by disease, injury, or disability. Includes instruction in language science, hearing science, speech and voice science, biology of communication, behavioral linguistics, psychology, and applications to the development of diagnostic and rehabilitative strategies and technologies.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the O*Net website.

Career Outlook

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a communication sciences and disorders major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.


As a communication sciences and disorders major, students may develop or advance skills including communication, compassion, critical thinking, detail orientation, listening, extreme patience, recordkeeping, persistence, resourcefulness, flexibility/adaptability, teamwork.


Individuals with a graduate degree in communication sciences and disorders can work as Speech Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists.


Individuals with a graduate degree in communication sciences and disorders can work within the following areas: prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.


Individuals with a graduate degree in communication sciences and disorders can work for public and private schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, hearing centers, home healthcare agencies, nursing/rehabilitation centers, residential facilities, federal/state/local agencies.



In addition to other employment opportunity websites, the Center for SUCCESS uses Handshake to share internships and jobs with students. Please explore the positions provided in the automated feed below or click "View All" to explore positions in Handshake using your major as a filter.

Although we attempt to screen all employers and positions, the Center for SUCCESS and Saint Xavier University assume no liability for the accuracy of information shared in this feed or through Handshake. The views and opinions shared by employers through Handshake do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Center for SUCCESS and Saint Xavier University.

Please Note: This feed may include positions not directly related to your major, as employers have the option to assign all majors to posted roles. If you have any questions about a particular employer or position, please contact centerforsuccessFREESXU.

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