Speech/language pathologist Fulton (Missouri) Public Schools, 1971-1973. Co-director Easter Seal Speech Clinic, Jefferson City, Missouri, summer 1972, 73. Speech/language pathologist Shawnee Mission (Kansas) Public Schools, 1973-1996.
Staff St. Joseph's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, 1978-1981, Midwest Rehabilitation Center, Kansas City, 1985. Private practice speech therapy Deborah A. King & Associates, since 2003. Consultant East Central Missouri Mental Health Center.
Guest lecturer Fontbonne College, St. Louis.
Volunteer, Mid American Rehabilitation Hosp, Bloch Cancer Hotline. Member National Education Association, American Speech and Hearing Association, Kansas Speech and Hearing Association, Kansas City Alumni Association of Northwestern University (director alumni admissions council, Outstanding Leadership award 1981, Service award 1991), Friends of Art Nelson/Atkins Art Gallery and Museum (volunteer), National Trust Historic Preservation, Kansas City History Foundation, Oregon California Trails Association, Zeta Phi Eta.