Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Education

Degree Level



Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders


Hagstrom, Fran

Committee Member/Reader

Aslin, Larry

Committee Member/Second Reader

Frazier, Kimberly


With the job market becoming increasingly difficult to enter, coupled by a growing public distaste for vocal fry, the question of the study is to determine if participants of the study in the general public can detect vocal fry, and if so, if it has an effect on which voice a participant would choose to hire for a position. The participants included 64 people residing in the United States, ranging from the ages 20-70 with varying backgrounds. Data was collected using an online questionnaire that included recorded voice samples. The study found that male students more accurately identifying vocal fry in males and females. Students more accurately identify vocal fry in males than employers, but employers are more accurate in identifying vocal in females than students. Lastly, minimal amounts of vocal fry in both male and female speakers results in career selections that involve more expertise or greater amount of time spent in speaking roles.