College of Arts and Sciences

Careers in the Field

The following definitions of our professions are taken from the ASHA Home Page. Other valuable career information, including frequently asked questions about the professions may also be found at the ASHA Web site.



  • measure hearing ability
  • identify hearing disorders
  • provide rehabilitative services
  • assess amplification devices and instruct in their care
  • provide training in speech-reading
  • serve as consultants to government and industry on issues concerning environmental, noise-induced hearing loss

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists...

  • help those who stutter to increase their fluency
  • assist people who have had strokes or who have experienced brain trauma to regain lost language and speech abilities
  • help children and adolescents who have language disorders to understand and give directions, ask and answer questions, convey ideas, and improve the language skills that lead to better academic performance
  • counsel individuals and families to understand and deal with speech and language disorders

Speech-Language-Hearing Scientists

Speech-language-hearing scientists...

  • investigate the complex processes underlying human communication
  • explore the impact of psychological, social and psycho-physiological factors on communication
  • collaborate with experts in other fields to develop new approaches to treating those with speech, language, and hearing disorders

Skills acquired by CSD majors relevant to other careers

For students who do not plan to apply for graduate school immediately after graduation, it is to your advantage to have an explicit understanding of the skills you acquire through your undergraduate studies that are known to be in high demand by employers seeking graduates with bachelor's degrees.  The CSD faculty, together with Career Services have developed a list that will be useful for you to have when you compile your resume and prepare for job interviews.

List of career skills of CSD graduates

Career Services link for CSD majors