Careers in Communicative Disorders

With a B.S. degree in communicative disorders you will gain in depth knowledge of communication processes and the nature and impact of communication disorders. Your strong understanding of diversity and disability is applicable to a number of interesting careers:

  • Applied behavior analyst line therapist
  • Before & after school counselor
  • Behavior line therapist for autism
  • Client advocate
  • Clinical intake specialist
  • College recruiter
  • Equipment/materials representative
  • Group home support staff
  • Healthcare interpreter
  • Hippotherapy (horse-assisted speech therapy) aide
  • Hospital patient relations specialist
  • Hospital unit coordinator
  • Independent living specialist
  • Instructional teacher's assistant
  • Job coach, developer or placement specialist
  • Medical office manager
  • Paraprofessional/teacher’s aide or assistant/instructional assistant
  • Patient support specialist
  • Personal care assistant
  • Rehabilitation therapy aide/tech
  • Residential counselor
  • Therapeutic recreation aide
  • Vocational aide

With some additional examinations or certifications you can work as a/an:

  • Audiology assistant
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Hearing instrument dispenser
  • Lactation specialist
  • Speech-Language pathology assistant

When you earn your undergraduate degree in communicative disorders, you will need to meet additional educational requirements necessary to become an audiologist or speech-language pathologist. The undergraduate communicative disorders program provides basic information regarding communication development and disorders, hearing, disability and rehabilitation and prepares students for entering the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) or the Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders program with a specialization in speech-language pathology. Both of these graduate programs are offered at Northern Illinois University.

Contact Us

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
340 Wirtz Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115


Office Hours

Office hours are by appointment only. Please contact ACHD chair, Sherrill Morris, at