Communication Disorders and Sciences - Career Pathways

Communication Disorders & Sciences

What is Communication Disorders and Sciences?

The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) helps students understand and work with basic human communication and swallowing processes; speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders; and diagnostic and treatment processes for diverse populations of persons with communication and swallowing disorders in all age groups.

Academic Programs

What Can I Do with an Communication Disorders and Sciences Degree?

A degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences qualifies students to work in clinical, educational, and research settings. Many students pursue audiology or speech language pathology. Students who earn an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology are prepared for ASHA Certification, New York State’s Initial Licensure in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and/or initial certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities in New York State.

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Career Outlooks

To explore specific job outlooks, use MyNextMove, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and MyPlan. Each offers unique insight about the personalities, skills, knowledge, technology, abilities, and educational requirements compatible with a job.

For a more personal approach, use resources like Candid Careers and Glassdoor. Candid Careers hosts thousands of interviews with industry professionals. Glassdoor provides numerous employee reviews from various companies. Both provide great insight into the industry and daily life of a particular career.

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Sample Job Titles

Adult Education Teacher
Agency Director
Case Management Coordinator
Clinical Supervisor
Early Childhood Specialist
ESL Instructor
Health Services Manager

Hearing Aid Specialist
Occupational Therapist
Personal Care Aid
Public Health Specialist
Rehabilitation Benefits Coordinator
Rehabilitation Counselor
Special Education Instructor
Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech Therapist

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Internships and Applied Learning Opportunities  Use FREDNetwork to find professional jobs, internships, student employment and summer job opportunities

Internships foster hands-on learning and skill building. They also help students make connections and network with potential employers.

You can use FREDNetwork, the CDO’s job and internship database, to find internship (and employment) opportunities! Schedule an appointment with a CDO career counselor for more information and advice.

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Student organizations and clubs provide venues to make connections and build strong networks. Depending on personal interests and career goals, students may join clubs such as the Fredonia National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, and Voices for Autism.

Networks continue to grow through digital groups such as LinkedIn. The CDO’s professional mentoring program, Fredonia Career Connection, is also a great place to find a mentor!

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Professional Associations

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Get Connected

Check out the CDS Department’s calendar to stay up to date on news and events.

What’s Next?

Not sure about your future? Schedule an appointment
The CDO is here to help you explore opportunities!
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Career Development Office

Gregory Hall, 2nd floor
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3327
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