Careers


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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


News and events

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Information Page, May 12, 2018

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Acting Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

Kate DeJarnette, a student in KU’s speech-language pathology program, walks us through why she chose to study augmentative and alternative communication.

Explore a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas

"The Impact of Parenting on Fragile X Syndrome" in "Research Features", UK online science magazine, featuring research by Steven F. Warren and Nancy C.Brady

KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

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