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Allied Professions and Careers I Can Pursue with a BS in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science

With the BS degree you will have the qualified coursework to apply to a speech-language pathology or Audiology graduate program. Each of the disciplines serve populations across the lifespan, across a variety of settings (e.g.  in the home, early intervention, schools, clinics, hospitals, and other medical settings).

For more information on the disciplines of speech-language pathology and audiology, see the resources below.

 

Graduate school options: allied health and educational fields related to our degree.

Note, students who plan on pursuing these career paths should attempt advance planning in undergraduate courses – by taking electives that may count toward the requirements. Students may be required to make-up foundational courses missing in order to apply to graduate programs.

 

Graduate school options: other. A background in human development and communication may be an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. A few examples:

Graduate certificate programs or other certifications.

Special programs

 

  • Teach for America. Working in low-income school districts as a classroom teacher. 
  • Americorps.  A wide variety of service positions.
  • City Year. Service in an inner city school. 
  • Peace Corps. Programs for children and youth and education are two high-need areas. Children with disabilities are mentioned on this list.

Examples of positions students have taken instead of going to graduate school

  • Behavioral therapist for children with autism
  • Working with adults with intellectual disabilities. Example positions: job coach; housing support staff (in community residences, for example); or classroom support staff (e.g., in Wood Lane school)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-A). Important note: your BS degree is pre-professional so does not prepare you for SLP-A jobs.  Depending on which state you live in, you will need to complete a supervised practicum to qualify for their speech assistant positions.  
  • Substitute teacher (especially for intervention services/special education)
  • Positions in the health care insurance industry

 

FOR STUDENTS NOT PURSUING GRADUATE SCHOOL, THINGS TO CONSIDER:

  1. Many positions require a bachelor’s degree at the entry level. You can now compete for these, since you meet the qualification of having a 4 year degree.
  2. Your degree can help you secure a wide variety of positions, but finding a job will require creativity and persistence.
  3. Develop a professional resume that reflects the experiences and talents you have to offer; you may need more than one version if you are pursuing more than one direction in your career search. Don’t forget your volunteer and other relevant co-curricular experiences in student organizations when building your resume.
  4. Make use of the Career Center including attending job fairs, using their career interest assessment tools, career counseling, and any other resources offered to you by the university.
  5. Pursue and develop contacts in industries and careers that interest you. Interview people formally and informally to find out more about what it takes to succeed in a particular field.
  6. Read books and websites on job hunting and career development. Find out how to excel at interviews, dress for success, move up the ladder from an entry level job, etc.. If resources exist specific to a job that interests you, educate yourself as much as possible about that job. A classic is What Color is Your Parachute by Dick Bolles. 
  7. Be yourself and choose your journey. Some students may not chose to go on to the fields of audiology or speech-language pathology, and some may not have the academic record to do so.  In such instances an individual may compare himself/herself unfavorably to their classmates who were admitted to a graduate program. Be yourself! Never forget that your college experiences have prepared you to write, do research, communicate orally, and think critically.  This journey has changed you and will impact whatever your future carreer, whatever that may be.  You may also have significant organizational and leadership experiences, or skills in working with the public, from your previous jobs and volunteer work. We have had several student complete the BS degree and then go on to do great things.   For example Paula Green-Johnson became a major influencer in social and other programs for children and mothers at risk.  In 2017, Paula received the University of Wyoming honorary doctorate degree in recognition of her accomplishments. 
Photo of Paula Green Johnson
UW President Laurie Nichols presenting Paula Green Johnson with 2017 University of Wyoming honorary doctoral degree. She earned her Bachelor's degree at UW in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1972.

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