Use your subject

Speech and Language Sciences

Think about what 'using your subject' means to you and what you're really looking for. Do you want to apply your subject-specific knowledge or skills to the real world? Or maybe you want to continue to practice and develop these skills? Maybe it's a broader interest in your subject that you want to keep alive by working in a relevant type of organisation?

As a start, use the resources below to create your own list of career ideas to research.

Remember that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject.

  • Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
  • Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
  • Browse the career ideas for Speech and Language Sciences graduates on Prospects but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
  • Search the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists for more information and careers resources related to your subject.
  • Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start-ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject.

Some career options

Our information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start to explore the following occupational areas. However you are not restricted to these and you should also consider any other additional factors which are important to you for your future career using our Understand yourself and your options section.


Audiologists identify and assesses hearing and balance function and their associated disorders. Working with patients of all ages, recommending and providing appropriate therapeutic rehabilitation and management.

You may be based in a hospital, primary care or in the private sector; increasing working within high street opticians to assess and treat hearing loss. As a graduate with an appropriate degree you would need to undertake a postgraduate level qualification in audiology.

Use our Occupations section Allied health professionals for more information and links to useful websites.

Further study

Previous graduates from this course have also gone on to further study in order to enter various professions, including social work, nursing, special needs teaching, primary education, educational psychology, audiology, and speech and language therapy.

In order to develop their work experience before continuing with further study a number of graduates will work as teaching assistants , support workers, learning support assistants and within social care settings for a short period of time before applying for/undertaking further study.

Use our Occupations section to research these roles.

PR and communications

Working in this sector involves using advanced verbal communication skills to contact media professionals to communicate their organisation’s news, represent their organisation at public forums or when their organisation needs to give a statement or comment. It may also involve writing press releases, writing in-house magazines and newsletters.

A PR officer or communication officer may be employed 'in-house' by the organisation you are representing or you may be employed by a PR agency/consultancy who then work on behalf of the organisations.

Entry can be via graduate schemes, internships or following related experience in the media or marketing.

Use our Occupations section Public relations for more information and links to useful websites.

Primary school teacher

Working with pupils from 3-11 years old, your role is to inspire them to learn the skills and social abilities appropriate for their age and aptitude.

You will design lessons and schemes of work based on the national curriculum, monitor the progress of pupils and prepare them for tests. Creativity, leadership, enthusiasm, time management and communication skills are essential.

You need to complete an undergraduate or postgraduate programme which results in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for this role.

Use our Occupations section Primary, secondary and special needs for more information and links to useful websites.

Project management

Regardless of the business sector you are working in, advanced communication skills along with great organisation skills and the ability to work to deadlines are essential skills for a career in project management.

Project managers are responsible for the delivery of projects on time and in budget, by planning and organising resources and people. Project managers are employed across business sectors including engineering, NHS, Finance, IT, Business Consultancy and the public sector including government deptartments and universities.

Use our Occupations section Business management for more information and links to useful websites.

Speech and language therapy

Speech and language therapists assess, treat and support patients who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. They work within hospital,community and school settings. In order to become and speech and language therapist a graduate with a relevant degree would need to undertake a postgraduate qualification in speech and language therapy and would need relevant work experience.

Use our Occupations section Allied health professionals for more information and links to useful websites.