A 2010 Exhibition Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the
Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
School of Medicine,
Department of Allied Health Sciences
Why Seek a Career in Speech and Hearing Sciences
“This is a profession where you can make a huge difference, where every day you go to work and see the change in people you work with and that’s pretty rewarding. For people who want a job where they really make a difference – this is one.” -Betsy Crais, PhD, Professor, Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences
The field is rich in its depth and breadth – you can see patients of all ages – babies in the NICU, schoolchildren, teens, adults, geriatric patients.
The field is stimulating; you are always in the mode of learning and growing and sharing knowledge with colleagues across different fields.
You can work in a vast number of settings – university, schools, industry, hospitals, private practice, rehab centers, the military
You can reinvent yourself; once you get a degree in the field your credentials allow you to move around to different specialties and see different populations in different settings.
You can provide direct services to clients, take part in outreach and public speaking, help develop policy through state and national organizations, and have an impact on the way practices are performed.
“You may not know exactly what you want to do when you go into speech and hearing sciences, but you will find your passion and change the world – that’s what I’m going to do!” -Enetta Grindstaff, MS-SLP student