Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ph.D., chair of speech-language and hearing sciences, and Leah Saal, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy, have been awarded a $43,961, two-year grant from the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) for their innovative project, “Learning to Lead: Training Self-Advocate Educators for Law Enforcement.”
Lena Caesar, Ed.D., Ph.D., associate professor of speech-language-hearing sciences, has been awarded a two-year research grant in support of her research project, “The Ecological Validity of Narrative Sample Analysis for Diagnosing Language Disorders in Guyanese Children.” Caesar will use the $75,000 grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to work to improve the lives of children in Guyana, South America, by collecting evidence-based data that will assist in the accurate diagnosis of communication impairments in clinical populations.
Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Hearing Sciences, Tepanta Fossett, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, has been awarded an Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. This award is intended to support the academic-research careers of faculty in the field of communication sciences and disorders. With this award, Tepanta will conduct research on her project titled “Test-retest reliability and concurrent validity of the multiple-choice version of the Story Retell Procedure.”
Ask any student of speech-language pathology why they entered the field. Some will mention the promising career opportunities, others the fascinating science behind their work. But one thing they all have in common: strength of compassion and unyielding desire to help others.
In all speech-language pathology programs, you’ll learn how to provide such care. But only at a school like Loyola University MD, with its strong Jesuit roots, can you deeply explore why.
When you become a speech-language pathologist, you are choosing to spend a rewarding career helping people across the lifespan manage or overcome challenges with communication or swallowing and live their best possible life.
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.
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.