Your degree in Speech Sciences

While studying Speech Sciences, you’re learning about the production, transmission, and perception of speech, as well as the fundamental properties of all human languages. You’ll develop important skills through interdisciplinary courses in linguistics, psychology, and other related disciplines with the aim of preparing for graduate work in speech-language pathology or audiology.

These skills may include:

  • Application of knowledge related to language structure, child development, language acquisition, anatomy, physiology, experimental psychology, and instrumental phonetics
  • Analytical and logical thinking applied to the in-depth study of language and expression
  • Research, collection, analysis, and presentation of information across various subjects
  • Articulation of complex patterns, as well as synthesis and interpretation of large amounts of complex data
  • Clear and concise written communication that draws on a deep understanding of language and linguistic theory
  • Understanding of vocal tract anatomy and physiology, and application with instrumental phonetics
  • Ability to analyze language across different modalities: spoken, signed, written
  • Experience learning and the application of  statistical analysis and research methods

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including audiology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, public health, computational linguistics, communications, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Art or Music therapist

Artificial intelligence designer

Audiologist

Audiometric technician

Communication disorders assistant 

Communications manager

Early childhood educator

Education consultant

English-as-a-second-language teacher

Human resources specialist

Human-computer interface designer

Literacy program coordinator

Occupational therapist

Physiotherapist

Reading clinician

Recreation therapist aide

Rehabilitation counsellor

Research assistant

Sign language instructor 

Special education assistant

Speech pathologist

Teacher or Professor

Technical writer

Translator or Interpreter

UX or UI designer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Speech and Linguistics Student Association
Meet other students in your program through events, peer tutoring, andc volunteer opportunities.

Departmental events
Network with Speech Sciences students and faculty members at upcoming colloquia, seminars, and conferences.

Departmental research opportunities
Register your research interests with the Department of Linguistics for a chance to get involved.

Linguistics research labs
Explore current UBC research in linguistics and speech sciences.

Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference
Share your work, meet peers with similar interests, and learn about language-related research in Term 2.

UBC Turing Club
Learn how to understand and work with artificial intelligence and machine learning, no coding experience required.

Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making and Action
Volunteer your time in a research role focused on the development, analysis, and application of AI systems.

JET Programme
Get experience working abroad after graduation as a language teacher or international relations coordinator.

Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer opportunities
Find public health volunteer opportunities supporting children and families. 

Fraser Health volunteer opportunities
Gain volunteer experience in local communities.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

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