Career Possibilities

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists are in high demand in various professional settings such as:

  • Hospitals

  • Rehabilitation Centers

  • Nursing Care Facilities

  • Industry

  • Home Health Agencies

  • Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Research Labs

  • Center for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

  • Public or Private Schools

  • Private Practice

  • Community Clinics

  • College/University Clinics

  • Health Department

  • State or Federal Agencies

  • Adult Day Care Facilities

  • Business

These professionals work alongside teachers, physicians, physical therapists, social workers, psychologists, and other healthcare and educational professionals. Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist are in demand for full-time employment as well as part-time and per diem opportunities.

The level of degree necessary to work independently:

Speech-Language Pathology – A Master of Science degree in Speech-LanguagePathology (MS/SLP) is necessary to begin work in the profession. A Speech-Language Pathologist must also be certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and may be required to hold state licensure depending on the state in which one chooses to work.

Audiology – A Doctorate in Audiology (AuD) is necessary to begin a profession as an audiologist.  Audiologists must also be certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (AHSA) and/or the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Like their SLP counterparts, it may be required to hold state licensure depending on the state in which one chooses to work.

Job Outlook and Earning Potential

The future outlook for both speech-language pathology and audiology is excellent. Click on the degree name to see the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

                                                            Audiology                                                                 Speech-Language Pathology

 

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