A degree in communication disorders can lead to a satisfying and rewarding career in health care, medicine, research, or education. With nearly 10 percent of the world's population showing signs of communication disorders, the need for people trained in the field is great. The career outlook for occupations in the field is steadily improving as the U.S. population continues to grow and to live longer. In addition, parents and teachers are beginning to recognize that many more children than previously thought are affected by communication disorders. 

Obtain Marketable Skills

Speech and Hearing Sciences students develop versatile skills that are applicable to a wide variety of careers. These skills include:

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking
  • Ability to link theory with practical applications
  • Research and critical evaluation skills
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Leadership and team-building abilities
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups

Choose From Several Employment Options

Graduates often pursue jobs as:

  • Speech-language pathologists (SLPs)
  • Speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs)
  • Audiologists
  • Audiology Assistants/Technicians
  • Clinical Supervisors
  • Professors / Educators
  • Speech, Langauge or Hearing Researchers/Scientists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Deaf Educators
  • Early Childhood Interventionists
  • Vocal Coaches

To learn more about the field and potential careers, students should consider a membership in the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA).

For central campus career resources, check out the UW Career Center.