Speech and Hearing Science, BS

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Students in the BS program in speech and hearing science study the normal aspects of the communication process. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism; on speech, language and hearing science; and on the human communication system, including normal development of speech and language.

Graduates attain broad-based knowledge in the basic aspects of speech, language and hearing sciences, which prepares them for graduate study in audiology or speech-language pathology, or potential employment opportunities in related health and behavioral fields.

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Speech and Hearing Science ( BS)
Health Solutions, College of

Tempe, Online

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Career Outlook

Employment opportunities for those with a bachelor's degree may include positions as:

  • hearing aid or cochlear implant company representatives
  • research assistants or associates in behavioral disciplines
  • speech-language pathology assistants
  • support personnel in rehabilitation or health facilities

Many graduates in speech and hearing sciences gain entrance into a graduate-level program in speech-language pathology or audiology. In both fields, a graduate degree is required for employment.

The undergraduate degree in speech and hearing science is also excellent preparation for those who wish to enter professional or graduate programs in fields such as:

  • counseling
  • education
  • law
  • medicine
  • rehabilitation
  • social work
  • special education
  • teaching for the deaf

Graduates in speech-language pathology and audiology can work with children or adults with communication disorders in a variety of settings, including:

  • clinics
  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • schools, all levels of preschool through secondary

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Adapted Physical Education Specialists 7.2%$54,520
Social and Human Service Assistants 11.4%$29,790
Audiologists 28.6%$73,060
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Education Teachers, Postsecondary9.1%$59,720
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School6.3%$54,570
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 19%$90,210
Hearing Aid Specialists 27.2%$43,010
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Social Science Research Assistants5.6%$39,460
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.9%$54,940
Special Education Teachers, Preschool9%$54,000
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants 11.7%$34,620
Speech-Language Pathologists 21.3%$71,550

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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