Career Essentials for Deaf Studies and Sign Language Interpreting Students

Graduates in these subjects are usually keen to work with the deaf community in some role and are often successful in doing so. For all roles, relevant experience of working with the deaf community is required and sometimes further professional qualifications are needed.

Sign Language Interpreting

Occupations where these degrees are useful:

  • Sign Language Interpreter in a wide range of settings **
  • Communication Services Unit Manager
  • Higher Education lecturer
  • Communications Support Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist*
  • Access-to-Work support

** If you wish to work as a sign language interpreter after graduation, you will be required to register with the professional body the NRCPD –The National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people.

The NRCPD regulates communication professionals who work with deaf and deafblind people. You will need to be familiar with the NRCPD requirements for registration. These are on the NRCPD's website and include 'Restrictions on Practice', Professional Indemnity Insurance, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring System check, and a 'Fit and Proper Person's Declaration'. There's more about this in the Interpreting FAQs section.

Deaf Studies degree combined with another subject

Occupations where these degrees are useful:
  • Primary School Teacher*
  • Social Worker*
  • Communications Support Worker in schools
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Disability Policy Planner/Writer
  • Access Officer in Arts
  • Services Provision Planner for Deafblind People
  • Community Advocacy Officer
*Occupational Profile available on Prospects. Explore types of jobs. 
See also the Action on Hearing Loss website.

What do Wolverhampton graduates do?

This is what some recent graduates were doing six months after finishing their course:
  • Degree in Speech Therapy
  • Educational Interpreter
  • Lecturer
  • MA in Social Work
  • Diploma in Social Work
  • MA in Human Communications
  • MA in Disability and Inclusion
  • PGCE in Early Childhood Studies
  • Professional Programme of Teacher of the Deaf entry at Oxford Brookes University
  • Mental Health Services
  • Support Worker for deaf individuals
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Communication Services Unit Manager
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Audiology
  • Birmingham Institute for Deaf People Development Officer
  • Social Policy Writer for Federal Government
  • TESOL training (in Hungary)
  • Teaching Assistant in School for the Deaf
  • Policy Writer for Urban Council Deaf Services
  • Adviser with Citizen’s Advice Bureau
  • Researcher at the Deafness, Cognition and Language Department at University College, London (UCL)
  • Opportunities to Interpret at an International level
  • Positions within the National Association for Sign Language Interpreters (The Association of Sign Language Interpreters - ASLI)


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