Department of Communication Disorders

Jumpstart your career in communication disorders and sciences

Our programs in communication disorders and sciences prepare students for advanced study and careers in speech-language pathology. Here are some key national statistics for communication disorders careers from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and PayScale.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries in Communication Disorders Fields (NACE)

Noteworthy Communication Disorders Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries (PayScale and Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Speech Language Pathologist Asst. $52,800 Speech Language Pathologist $80,480 Audiologist $81,030 Occupational Therapist $85,600
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in science and health employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

The BA degree in communication disorders and sciences provides the knowledge to enter a master's program in communication disorders and sciences, a master's program in a related field (e.g., special education, audiology, etc.), or to pursue employment in a related discipline. Students who successfully complete the MS degree will be eligible for New Jersey licensure to work as a speech-language pathologist.

What You'll Learn

In our communication disorders and sciences programs, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • Biological and neurological bases of human communication.
  • Normal speech and language development.
  • Linguistic bases of communication.
  • Evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders, among others.

Key Skills for
Careers in

as indicated by Employers
and Alumni on LinkedIn

Critical Thinking

Developmental Disabilities Expertise

Patient Care


Speech Therapy

Treatment Planning

Verbal/Written Communication

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021