What Can I Do with a Major in Speech Pathology & Audiology?

Speech pathology and audiology are two separate, but closely related professions that study communication disorders. The field is a broad one that provides services from infancy throughout life. Communication disorders are categorized into various types, including articulation, language, fluency, voice, resonance and hearing impairment. These disorders may be learned, psychological or physiological. Speech pathologists evaluate speech and language to understand the nature of the communication disorder and design a remediation program. Audiologists assess hearing and balance function and often work closely with physicians to determine medical and nonmedical treatment options.

Speech Pathology and Audiology majors*:
  • analyze behavior
  • show empathy and patience
  • evaluate data from many sources
  • recognize or create bridges between disciplines

Certified speech pathologists and audiologists are employed in public school systems, hospitals, community speech and hearing centers, state and federal government agencies, industries, nursing homes and private practices.

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Speech Pathology and Audiology majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.