Major Overview

Communication Sciences is a field that includes everything from language pathology to dentistry. As a Communications Sciences major, you will take classes in speech pathology, audiology, dentistry, phonetics, language disorders, anatomy, radiology, and more to learn everything about the mouth and communication.

Communication Sciences is a broad field. It is possible to obtain a degree in General Communication Sciences and Disorders, however many concentrations are available. Some examples of these are Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Dentistry, Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Dental Public Health and Education, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, and Pediatric Dentistry among others.

Required Skills

A degree in Communications Sciences leads to a career working closely with both children and adults, placing a high importance on interpersonal skills. Professionals who work with patients who have trouble communicating should be patient and compassionate. Critical thinking and analytical skills will help professionals assess issues patients have and find ways to solve communication or dental problems. Students who are successful in this field are also detail oriented and able to work with multiple patients throughout the day.

A Communication Science career is a fulltime job. Professionals typically work during the week and hold normal business hours. Time is usually spent in a medical office.

Students interested in majoring in Communication Science should pursue an internship, summer job, or position in a summer field camp to learn about the multiple areas of specialization and decide what career path to follow. These experiences will allow you to learn from a professional and practice skills you learned in the classroom.

While this degree prepares you to pursue a career in a variety of Communication Sciences fields, you must still receive an advanced degree and certification in the area of medicine you wish to work. State requirements vary, so be sure to check with the state you wish to practice to ensure you are fulfilling all requirements.

Careers

Communication Science graduates usually pursue an advanced degree and certification to become speech specialists or dentists. Graduates hold positions in a variety of health clinics or private offices. Some graduates have gone on to open their own practices. As people realize the important of oral health and proper communication skills, occupations in the Communication Sciences field have been growing at a faster than average rate. Students should not have a difficult time finding a job in this field after graduation.

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Example Careers

Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Communication Sciences might open up.

Audiologists
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Speech-Language Pathologists
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