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The Department of Speech & Hearing Science
College of Applied Health Sciences

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Career Opportunities

The program of study in Speech and Hearing Science offers a broad background in the biological, behavioral, linguistic, and social foundations of human communication and communication disorders. The major prepares students to pursue a career or graduate education in many fields related to human communications and healthy communication practices. Students majoring in Speech and Hearing Science can pursue a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Neuroscience of Communication, or Cultural-Linguistic Diversity. Each of the four concentrations can be combined with pre-certification requirements from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for undergraduates wanting to pursue a career as either a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

Professionals may be employed in Hospitals, Rehabilitation Centers, Public and Private Schools, Medical Clinics, Private Practice, Health Departments, Community Centers, Colleges and Universities, Research Laboratories, Nursing Care Facilities and many more. Examples of other possible career directions are listed below.

  • Audiologist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personnel Administrator
  • Physician Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Interpersonal Communicator
  • Case Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Educational Affairs Director
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Physician

For more information on the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, please visit the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, or call (217) 333-2230 to meet with an Academic Advisor.

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