Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

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November 1, 2017

Where are Speech Language Pathologists Needed the Most?

Throughout the United States, speech-language pathology demand is growing at an astounding rate. At Loyola, our last three graduating classes have employment rates of 97% to 100%, according to our student outcome data. It’s not surprising, given that between 2014-2024, an additional 28,900 speech-language pathologists will be needed nationwide—that’s a job growth rate of 21.3% in the industry! And there aren’t enough SLPs to fill all of these positions. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) reports fully funded job openings in schools and health care settings—yet employers are having trouble filling them all. In other words, the job prospects are pretty good just about anywhere in the U.S. But some areas and industries have higher demand than others, and going there can mean greater job security, higher salary, and the chance to do meaningful work with populations who really value what you can offer. If you want to go where speech language pathologists are needed the most, here are some of the specialties, industries, and regions to explore.

October 19, 2017

How to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a trained professional who works to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. SLPs work in many different research, education, and health care settings with varying roles, levels of responsibility, and client populations. Entering the field requires academic and clinical coursework and the successful completion of a master’s degree at an institution accredited by the American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA). Here’s what the path to a career as a speech-language pathologist can look like.