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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 postions, 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.

Skills

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.

Positions

Graduates with an advanced degree in communication sciences and disorders can work as Speech Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Speech Therapist, Adjunct College/University Instructor.

Areas

Graduates with a degree in communication sciences and disorders can work within the following areas: prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, consultation, therapy, behavioral modification.

Employers

Graduates with a degree in communication sciences and disorders can work for public and private PreK-12 schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, hearing centers, home healthcare agencies, nursing/rehabilitation centers, residential facilities, federal/state/local agencies.

Helpful Resources

Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with indivdiuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.