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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Speech-Language Pathology is a rapidly growing field with job growth expected to be over 50% in Virginia in this decade. Virginia is one of the top ten states with the highest predicted job growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks speech-language pathology among the top 30 (of 700) fastest growing occupations over the next decade. U.S. News and World Report has identified speech-language pathology as one of the top 25 careers for 2007. Speech-language pathologists help individuals of all ages to develop communication skills by treating disorders of speech, language, voice, and swallowing. Speech-language pathologists provide services that include prevention, identification, assessment, and treatment of Communication Sciences and Disorders, such as: Language Disorders Stuttering Articulation Disorders, Voice Disorders, and Swallowing Disorders.

Career Fields associated with Communication Sciences & Disorders Majors:

  • Activities Director
  • Audiologist
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Hearing Clinician
  • Pathologist
  • Private Practitioner
  • Rehabilitation Aid
  • Researcher
  • Service Coordinator
  • Speech and Hearing Therapist
  • Speech - Language Educator
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Speech Pathology Aide
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Teacher Assistant


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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Related Skills:

  • Motor skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Planning and time management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to monitor and interpret
  • Research skills
  • Interest in health issues
  • Interest & knowledge in the mechanics and general health of the human body


Personal Attributes associated with Communication Sciences & Disorders:

  • Extreme Patience
  • Independent
  • Value people
  • Excellent communication
  • Adaptable
  • Compassion & Sensitivity
  • Good time management
  • Motivation
  • Interest in constant learning