Nearly all students who complete the undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) continue on to graduate school in either speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology. Master’s degree programs in SLP are typically completed in two years while students interested in audiology need to complete a clinical doctorate (Au.D.) which typically takes an additional year. To date, there are over 300 SLP graduate programs and 80 Au.D. programs in the U.S. A complete list of programs can be found here.
Students who complete an advanced degree in speech-language pathology evaluate, diagnose and provide treatment for people of all ages who have communication disabilities and differences as well as swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists with master’s degrees work in hospital and rehabilitation centers, schools, community clinics, nursing homes, and private practice.
Audiology students who complete the Au.D. evaluate, diagnose and treat people of all ages with hearing loss and vestibular (balance) problems. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists who earn doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees typically teach and conduct research in a university setting.
Both careers offer immense salary potential and employment growth. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 21% and 10% job outlook for SLPs and audiologists, respectively, with a median pay of nearly $80,000 for both careers.
Regardless of which career path you choose, the CSD major is your first step to a rewarding career in either field.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- ASHA Code of Ethics
- National Student Speech Language Hearing Association