Speech And Hearing Science : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Speech and hearing professionals evaluate, treat, and conduct research into human communication and its disorders and work with infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric populations.

Skills gained in this program include:

Managing, interpreting, editing, advising, organizing, problem solving, orientation to detail, writing, teaching, speaking to groups, presenting research findings, reading critically, reasoning, analyzing, thinking conceptually, conducting research, evaluating evidence, advising, and selling.

Note that many careers require additional education at the graduate level.

Alumni (or recent graduates) of Speech and Hearing Science have found employment in the following fields:
  • Audiology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Recreational therapy
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Research
  • Speech-language pathologist

Work settings include:
  • Businesses
  • Colleges/universities
  • Community clinics
  • Developmentally disabled
  • Elementary and high schools
  • Government agencies
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hospitals
  • Institutions for the deaf
  • Nursing homes
  • Physician's offices
  • Private practice
  • Research laboratories

Degree Level Required

The undergraduate program is a pre-professional degree. A graduate degree is needed for New York State certification in the two primary subfields of communicative disorders and sciences: speech-language pathology and audiology.

Salary Information

Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. According to the April 1998 NACE national salary survey for bachelor's degree graduates in speech pathology/audiology, the average salary is $30,000. The salary range for Western New York is $26,811 - $48,173.

Post-undergraduate Opportunities

Because this is a pre-professional program, many graduates go on to enter graduate programs in either speech-language pathology or audiology, enter graduate programs in other professional fields such as medicine or law, or enter the fields of business or education.

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school?


Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:19 EST