American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Career Information for High School Students

Explore the professions. Discover your future.

  • Changing demographics means continued growth in these professions for at least a decade.
  • High demand exists for multilingual individuals and high emphasis on the need for a more culturally diverse workforce.
  • Numerous job settings are available-hospitals, schools, universities, the military, government agencies, corporations, research labs, and private practice-all over the country.

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Congratulations on your interest in exploring career options in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). If you're curious, if you enjoy intellectual challenges, and want to make a positive difference in people's lives, then these professions may be for you.

  • While in high school, your academic curriculum should include a broad spectrum of courses-for example, health, social, physical, and biological sciences; English/language arts; mathematics; the humanities; and technology.
  • Develop skills that will enhance your career and employability such as; reading, writing, speaking, and listening; developing and presenting information; problem solving, and organizational, social, technical, and teamwork skills. You can continue to refine these skills in undergraduate and graduate school.
  • Maintain at least a B average to gain entry into a program of your choice and to be considered for scholarships. Don't wait...establish effective and successful study habits.

When Choosing an Undergraduate Program

  • Select a program that provides a broad education in arts and sciences, with a strong foundation in oral and written communication skills. You will also want basic courses in the speech, language and hearing sciences.
  • While ASHA does not accredit undergraduate programs, many institutions do offer a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Interested in a Minority or Bilingual Emphasis Program?

  • You can search for a list of CSD programs located in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and those with a multicultural or bilingual emphasis using EdFind, ASHA's online search engine. Simply, check the box to "Include only Historically Black Colleges and Universities" and/or "Include only programs with multicultural/bilingual emphasis".

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