This major is an integrated program that prepares individuals to work as both audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
Includes instruction in a variety of communication disorder studies, audiology, speech pathology, language acquisition, and the design and implementation of comprehensive therapeutic and rehabilitative solutions to communications problems.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Major (use the College Search feature and enter "audiology" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Major?
As a Audiologist/Speech Language Pathologist, it is your job to assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate, or autism. As well, you may fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. You also may perform research related to hearing problems.
Job opportunities for audiologist/speech language pathologists are extremely likely in the future as this career subsector is expected to see a twenty-five percent (25%) growth 2019-2029.
Speech-language pathologists typically need at least a master’s degree. As well, Audiologists need a doctoral degree and must be licensed in all states. Requirements for licensure vary by state. The doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.) is a graduate program that typically takes 4 years to complete. A bachelor’s degree in any field is needed to enter one of these programs.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders
- American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders
- American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
Publications/Magazines in Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Major