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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Why Our Program?

CSD Outcomes

As a former Exploratory major, I came into the program my sophomore year. I was attracted by the scientific and psychological aspects of speech-pathology that allowed me to pursue those interests without quite the intensity of medical school. I wanted a career that offered a variety of ways to help others. The possibilities were exciting: working with babies with cleft palates in a hospital, individuals who have had strokes, or children in schools just to name a few! I've been able to study abroad, acquire music and psychology minors and still meet all the requirements with time for many electives. Basically, it's a career that is very adaptable to an individual's interests and goals. And I've never met a speech-pathologist I didn't like! (Former CSD Senior)

What do CSD professionals do?

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) evaluate, diagnose, and carry out treatment for individuals who have speech, language, hearing and swallowing problems in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

Audiologists are experts in the management of the auditory and balance systems. They specialize in the evaluation of hearing, and the prevention and treatment of hearing problems.

Speech, Language, and Hearing Scientists provide the research on which clinicians base their treatment methods. They investigate biological, physical, and physiological aspects of communication and explore trends in communication sciences.

Where do they work?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011, about 48 percent of speech-language pathologists worked in educational services; most others were employed by healthcare and social assistance facilities. Work settings include:

  • Public and private schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Short-term and long-term nursing care facilities
  • Community clinics
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private practice offices
  • State and local health departments
  • State and federal government agencies
  • Home health agencies (home care)
  • Adult day care centers
  • Centers for persons with developmental disabilities
  • Research laboratories

What is the career outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2013, the current trend for CSD professions is as follows: Growth rate from 2010 to 2020 for Audiologists: 37%—much faster than average. The growth rate from 2010 to 2020 for Speech-Language Pathologists: 23%—faster than average.

What earnings might be expected?

The median pay (May 2010) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2013—Audiologists: $66,660, Speech-Language Pathologists: $66,920.

What is the advantage to a CSD Degree at Butler

The size and nature of the CSD Department allows students the opportunity to participate in internships as well as engage in research and clinical projects with faculty mentors. The Butler Speech-Language Clinic provides an opportunity on campus for qualified students to work with clients who experience communication disorders. Both the research and clinical aspects of the CSD Program are an integral part of student growth and development and allow the application of classroom learning to practical, meaningful experiences.

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