Speech and Hearing Science, BS

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Positions in speech-language pathology and audiology are in high demand, rated as careers with bright outlooks by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network. The majority of our graduates gain acceptance into Doctor of Audiology and Master of Science in Communication Disorders programs.

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

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

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Career outlook

Employment opportunities for program graduates may include positions as:

  • audiology assistants
  • 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 of 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
  • medicine
  • rehabilitation
  • social work
  • special education
  • teaching for the deaf

Graduates of 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
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Audiologists 20.7%$75,920
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School7.4%$58,600
Hearing Aid Specialists 19.5%$54,860
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Social Science Research Assistants4.3%$46,000
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 11.2%$53,640
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants 11.7%$37,220
Speech-Language Pathologists 17.8%$76,610

* 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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