Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


Speech Pathology and Audiology

First Advisor

Dr. Robert L. Erickson

Second Advisor

Dr. Alastair A. Stunden

Third Advisor

Dr. Gerald Moses

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Chapter I

The Problem and Its Background


Over the past several decades there has been increasing interest in the occupational choices of men and women, and the interests and attitudes associated with various professional groups. Since occupations are becoming increasingly more specialized, employers and educators have found that those people who perform best in the position of their choice are those who exhibit certain interests and attitudes with regard to their occupation. Colleges emphasize the necessity of counseling in order to enable students to effectively choose general areas of concentration. The fields of study chosen by students are a major concern in today's colleges in view of the fact that overcrowding of university facilities is necessitating the selection of students with higher academic ability who will also be successful in their occupation end enjoy the work. For these reasons it is of prime importance that the student be counseled into the field of endeavor most suited to his academic abilities and his areas of interest.