(Above: A patient is evaluated for suspected balance or dizziness disorders using a rotational chair.)

Competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and job security are just the beginning—working in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) offers professionals a career that means more. Problem solvers who enjoy working with people as much as learning about the latest research and technology thrive in this growing, innovative field. Sound like you? Read on for the reasons why you should work in CSD.

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You want a competitive salary and job stability.

Salaries and job opportunities are increasing for both audiologists and speech-language pathologists, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

02.

You want choices—where you work, what you work on, and who you work with.

CSD careers offer a diverse range of environments, patient and client demographics, and disorder types, as well as family-friendly work schedules and ample paid leave and holidays.

03.

You have a mix of talents.

Including science savvy, people skills, and communication expertise. You’re intellectually curious, and good at more than one thing, so a career that allows you to tap into all of your interests would be a good fit.

04.

You want to help people live their best lives.

In clinical practice, research, and other capacities, you want to work to understand not just the disability but also the person who lives with the disability—all with empathy and compassion.

05.

You like to solve problems.

You enjoy being challenged—you don’t back down when facing complex issues. You want to get to the root of the problem, and you won’t stop until you’re there.

Once you choose to pursue an education and career in CSD, you will eventually have to choose to focus on audiology or speech-language pathology. Each profession offers its own unique opportunities.

THE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD . . .

BE AN AUDIOLOGIST

Be ready for a mix of anatomy, physiology, physics, genetics, communication development, diagnosis and treatment, pharmacology, and ethics.

01.

YOU WANT TO WORK WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY. Access and master some of health care’s most innovative tools to assess, diagnose, and treat hearing loss on a day-to-day basis.

02.

YOU LIKE IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION. Work with people typically on a short-term basis, solving and treating hearing and balance issues to help them connect with the world around them.

03.

YOU CAN SEE YOURSELF OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS. Starting a private practice is a common path for audiologists (and also some speech-language pathologists).

04.

YOU DON’T MIND WORKING WITH KIDS, BUT YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH ADULTS. Although there are plenty of opportunities to work with kids in audiology, working with adults is more common.

05.

YOU WANT TO GET A DOCTORATE. School is cool! Which is a good thing, because audiology requires a doctoral degree for clinical practice. (Financial aid is available.)

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AUDIOLOGY IS A TOP PROFESSION—BUT DON'T JUST TAKE IT FROM US.

#1 BEST JOB IN AMERICA
Time magazine (2015)

#6 IN HIGHEST-PAYING JOBS WORKING FEWER THAN 40 HOURS A WEEK
Business Insider (2017)

#14 IN BEST JOBS
CareerCast (2018)

#25 IN BEST HEALTH CARE JOBS
U.S. News & World Report (2017)

#67 IN BEST 100 JOBS
U.S. News & World Report (2017)

THE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD . . .

BE A SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Be ready for a mix of biology, anatomy, physiology, physics, genetics, and psychology, as well as health and education policy and advocacy.

01.

YOU WANT TO FORM CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PATIENTS AND CLIENTS.  Getting to know a person as a whole excites and motivates you.

02.

YOU’RE IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL. Long-term work with patients and clients can be challenging, but, ultimately, rewarding.

03.

YOU WANT TO HELP DIVERSE COMMUNITIES. Speech-language pathologists often work with clients from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

04.

YOU DON’T MIND WORKING WITH ADULTS, BUT YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH KIDS. There are plenty of opportunities to work with adults in speech-language pathology, but working with kids is more common.

05.

YOU WANT TO GET GOING! SLPs need a master’s degree to practice, letting you get out in the field working sooner than if you needed a doctoral degree.

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SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY IS A TOP PROFESSION—BUT DON'T JUST TAKE IT FROM US.

#12 IN BEST JOBS
CareerCast (2018)

#15 IN HIGHEST-PAYING JOBS WORKING FEWER THAN 40 HOURS A WEEK
Business Insider (2017)

#22 IN BEST HEALTH CARE JOBS
U.S. News & World Report (2018)

#35 IN BEST JOBS IN AMERICA
Glassdoor (2018)

#38 IN BEST 100 JOBS
U.S. News & World Report (2018)

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QUIZ: AUDIOLOGY OR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY?

Deciding on your path in communication sciences and disorders? Find out which may be right for you.

CONSIDERING A CAREER IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS?

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