Career Services

Audiology and Speech Pathology

 

What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

 

Area:

Speech-Language Pathology

Sub-Area:

  • Speech-language pathologists assess and treat patients who have speech, language, voice, fluency, or oral motor disorders. They also assist people who wish to improve their communication skills through changes in vocal pitch, quality, or accent. Speech-language pathologists utilize special instruments and tests to develop individualized treatment plans for patients.
  • Prevention
  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Behavioral Modification
  • Follow-up
  • Administration
  • Consultation
  • Supervision
  • Teaching
  • Research

Employers:

  • Schools, K-12
  • Universities and colleges
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Speech, language, and hearing centers
  • Home healthcare offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Residential facilities
  • Federal agencies including:
    • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • National Institutes of Health
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Department of Education
    • Armed Services
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Private individual or group practice
  • Public health departments
  • Rehabilitation centers

Area:

Audiology

Sub-Area:

  • Audiologists identify, diagnosis, and treat people experiencing disorders associated with the ear and hearing. These disorders may include hearing loss or balance problems. Audiologists utilize technical equipment such as audiometers and computers to assess a patient's impairment and to plan a course of treatment. Audiologists are concerned with the nature and extent of hearing loss and how this may impact a client's quality of life.
  • Prevention
  • Screening
  • Diagnosis
  • Assessment
  • Treatment Including:
    • Dispense Hearing Aids
    • Fit and Program Cochlear Implants
  • Follow-up
  • Administration
  • Supervision
  • Teaching
  • Research and Development

Employers:

  • Schools, K-12
  • Universities and colleges
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Speech, language, and hearing centers
  • Private individual or group practice
  • Home healthcare offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Residential facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Federal agencies including:
    • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • National Institutes of Health
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Department of Education
    • Armed Services
  • Public health departments
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Health and personal care stores (hearing aid stores)
  • Hearing manufacturing industry

General Information and Strategies

  • Join the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association while in school.
  • Volunteer in a healthcare setting to gain experience working with people in all age groups.
  • Display a desire to help and work with people who have disabilities.
  • Patience is necessary as rehabilitation may progress slowly.
  • Develop excellent communication and computer skills.
  • Learn about communication among various cultures.
  • Earn excellent grades and obtain strong recommendations for graduate school admission.
  • Attend one of 230 universities accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

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