While many graduates in the Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP) program at the University of Maryland go on to pursue graduate school in Speech Pathology or Audiology, these are not the only options for someone with a Bachelors in HESP.
Use this information as a place to start exploring your career interests. Review additional resources below and on the Feller Center's website.
Explore Career Paths
Start Exploring Career Titles/Work Areas
Use the sample job and internship titles (mentioned above) to start exploring career paths. The links below provide a short overview of the positions.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, a career title dictionary
- O*NET Online, the nation's primary source of occupational information
- FOCUS2, explore career paths using self-assessment questionnaires
- Terrapins Connect, talk with professionals working in the field through UMD’s alumni network
- Federal positions by major, research career titles with the federal government related to your major
- Vault Guides, browse 100’s of industry guides to gain inside tips
Resources: Career Planning
Not sure where to start in planning your post-graduation activities? Start by reviewing these resources.
- ASHA: Explore Careers in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- CSD Major Guide
- Maryland Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, and Speech Language Pathologists
- Careers in Healthcare
- ABA Therapist
- Read more about career paths: Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Speech, language and hearing sciences, Audiology and SLP Assistants (ASHA)
Other Careers Related to HESP/Allied Fields
Many HESP students choose to pursue careers in other fields that still require graduate school:
The resources below offer a brief overview of the graduate school application process and information on some of the more popular Hearing and Speech Sciences graduate degrees.
- Graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology- provides tips to consider from ASHA
- Considering a PhD, by ASHA
- UMD HESP provides additional information to consider when preparing to apply for a graduate program
Start researching your career path of interest to identify the educational requirements. The list below includes programs/degrees that UMD HESP undergraduates have pursued.
- Adelphi University, Speech-Language Pathology, MS
- George Washington University , Speech Language Pathology, MS
- Hunter College, Speech Language Pathology, MS
- Ithaca College, Speech/Language Pathology, MS
- James Madison University, Speech/Language Pathology, MS
- Kean University, Speech/Language Pathology, MS
- Loyola University, Maryland, Speech/Language Pathology, MA
- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy , Nursing, MS
- MGH Institute of Health Professions, Hearing and Speech Sciences, MS
- Molloy College, Speech/Language Pathology, MS
- Montclair State University, Audiology, Doctoral
- New York Medical College, Speech/Language Pathology, MS
- New York University, Communicative Sciences & Disorders, MS
- Northeastern University, Speech/Language Pathology, MS
- Purdue University, Speech/Language Pathology, Ph.D.
- Rush University, Speech/Language Pathology, MS
- St. Johns University, Speech Language Pathology, Master's Degree
- Towson University, Speech/Language Pathology, Ph.D.
- University of Alabama- Tuscaloosa, Speech/Language Pathology, MS
- University of Kansas, Speech/Language Pathology, Ph.D.
- University of North Carolina, Speech/Language Pathology, Master's
- University of Maryland, Audiology, Au.D.
- University of Maryland, Speech/Language Pathology, MA
- University of Pittsburgh, Speech/Language Pathology, MS
- University of Pittsburgh, Audiology, Au.D.
- University of South Florida, Audiology, Doctoral
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Speech/Language Pathology, MA
- Vanderbilt University, Speech Language Pathology, Master's
Skills Developed: HESP Major
Skills lead to jobs. Which skills do you possess?
- Assess your skills, abilities, interests, and values and explore how they relate to career options.
- Skills inventory - get started identifying your unique assets.
HESP majors have skills in…
- Accumulating and interpreting information
- Analytical skills
- Basic Statistics
- Contending analytical and theoretical approaches
- Critical thinking
- Interpersonal communication skills
- Oral and written communication
- Proactive and display initiative
- Quantitative and qualitative methods
- Research methods
- Understanding of multidisciplinary work
- Writing skills
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HESP undergraduates at UMD have opportunities to gain research experience in labs run by HESP faculty, develop clinical skills, join student organizations, and volunteer for various organizations and events. The list below offers options to gain more experience and test out your interests.
- Research Opportunities
- Clinical Opportunities
- Student Organizations
- Volunteer Opportunities
Sample list of opportunities
- Gain Experience, BSOS Opportunities - browse links on out of the classroom experiences
- Careers4Terps - check out job and internship openings for off-campus positions for UMD students related to working with children
- UMD National Scholarships Office - review a listing of opportunities for UMD
- Start your search with these tips
PULSAR Undergraduate Program
PULSAR is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduate students. The University of Maryland has the largest and most integrated team of language scientists in North America, and PULSAR enables undergraduates to tap into this unique resource, providing them with opportunities beyond those found in their primary major.
After researching career paths, consider talking with people working in your field of interest to gain inside information. The links below provide sample events where you may be able to meet professionals in your field of interest. Use these opportunities to learn more about your field of interest, establish new networking contacts, and informational interviews.
- Career Events for BSOS students
- University Career Center Event Calendar
- Terrapins Connect, is an online platform that allows students’ virtual access to UMD alumni who have volunteered to share industry specific information and as well as conduct resume reviews, among other things
- Use LinkedIn to Locate Alumni & Recruiters
- Intern for a Day Lite, matches students with professionals working in a field of interest to shadow for the day or offer informational interviews
Consider reviewing state and national associations to access career path information and even attend association sponsored events to network with professionals in your field of interest.