Your degree in Speech Sciences

Skills you’ll develop

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. These skills will be relevant to preparing for graduate work in speech-language pathology or audiology, as well as other types of careers.

These skills may include:

  • Applying knowledge related to language structure, child development, language acquisition, anatomy, physiology, experimental psychology, and instrumental phonetics
  • Applying analytical and logical thinking to the in-depth study of language and expression
  • Conducting research, collecting analyzing data, and presenting information across various subjects
  • Articulating complex patterns, as well as synthesizing and interpreting large amounts of complex data
  • Clear and concise written communication that draws on a deep understanding of language and linguistic theory
  • Understanding vocal tract anatomy and physiology, and application with instrumental phonetics
  • Analyzing language across different modalities: spoken, signed, written
  • Applying statistical analysis and research methods

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. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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/Music therapist
  • Artificial intelligence designer
  • Audiologist
  • Audiometric technician
  • Communication disorders assistant 
  • Communications manager
  • Early childhood educator
  • Education consultant
  • English as an Additional 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-language pathologist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical writer
  • Translator or Interpreter
  • UX/UI designer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

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 accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Speech Sciences graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

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