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Career Opportunities with a Major in Speech Communication

Many graduates in Speech Communication pursue graduate work in their emphases. They are also afforded a variety of career options in education, government, business and industry, and broadcasting.

Graduates specializing in communication theory and organizational communication often find satisfying careers in communication consulting / training and conference planning. Graduates with an emphasis in public address and rhetoric often achieve success in law, industrial and organizational communication, educational administration, public relations, speech writing and theology. The emphasis in communication disorders provides a solid background for students pursuing careers in education, health care (i.e., schools, community clinics, hospitals), and vocational rehabilitation. The broadcasting / telecommunication emphasis prepares students for careers in radio, television, cable, public affairs, sales and marketing, advertising, management, production and engineering. Theater careers are open to graduates with specialties in stagecraft, sound, engineering, script-writing, directing, and acting.

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Skills Related to Speech Language $ Hearing Sciences 

  • Ability to read and write articulately and analytically

  • Ability to formulate clear, persuasive messages

  • Good listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills

  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and appropriately convey physical & social events and behaviors to others

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

  • Relate well to people of varying backgrounds

  • Respond quickly and effectively to unexpected circumstances

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions

Careers Related to Speech Communication

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Speech Communications major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Speech Communications majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Account Representative


Announcer Arbitrator Audiologist
Broadcast Engineer Broadcast Technician Clergy
Conference & Meeting Planner Corporate Communications Officer Customer Services Representative
Director/Producer Diversity Specialist Editor
Event Coordinator Film Editor Fundraiser
Grant / Proposal Writer Health Advocate Human Resource Assistant
Lawyer Lecturer Librarian
Lobbyist Market Research Specialist Negotiator
News Reporters Press Secretary Public Relations
Radio/TV Announcer Researcher Sales Representative
Special Interest Advocate Speech Pathologist Speech Writer
Television Director Victim Advocate Volunteer Coordinator

Employers in Speech Communication

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Private corporations

  • Law offices

  • Research firms

  • Industrial firms

  • Advertising agencies

  • Entertainment industry

  • Volunteer/Non-profit agencies

  • Government agencies

  • Social work agencies

  • Media industry

  • Hospitals

  • Public relations firms

  • Marketing/Retail firms

  • Political organizations

Professional Organization in this Field

Websites Related to Speech Communication


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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