Speech-Language-Hearing graduates have excellent career prospects that are projected to continue according to the U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook with a 29 percent increase in job openings through 2024 for speech-language pathologists (M.A. degree) and a 21 percent increase for audiologists (Au.D.). Eighty-four percent of our undergraduates continue into graduate programs related to communication disorders. The basic study in speech-language pathology and audiology provided in the speech-language-hearing curriculum prepares students for graduate study in those fields. Such programs are offered through the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas.
Graduates have many options, including graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech, language, or hearing research. Because communication is central to most human activities, a degree in speech-language-hearing can also lead to a career in many other fields.
Speech-language pathologists design interventions and treat a range of disorders, including delayed language development, stuttering, articulation or pronunciation difficulties, and language loss caused by head injury, stroke, or progressive neuromotor disease.
Audiologists diagnose and treat hearing loss in people of all ages, ranging from newborns to the elderly. Audiologists help people with hearing losses to overcome communication difficulties through technology (hearing aids, cochlear implants) and therapy techniques.
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists work in settings that include schools, medical centers, state and federal agencies, universities, and rehabilitation centers. Professionals in both fields also enter private practice.
To learn more about careers in the communication sciences and disorders professions, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association