SLPs work in many different research, education, and health care settings with varying roles, levels of responsibility, and client populations… SLPs often work as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and rehabilitation counselors.
Career opportunities include preparing future professionals in colleges and universities; owning/running clinics or private practices; working for national, state, or local associations or agencies; supervising and directing public school or clinical programs; engaging in research to enhance knowledge; or providing counseling and consultative services, among many others.
There is a national need for speech language therapists. The national employment rate of SLPs is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2022; there is an anticipated 19% increase in job openings through 2022.
-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Annual salaries ranged from $70,000 to $93,000 for SLPs in health care settings in 2015. For those working in an academic setting (education), the salary ranged from $60,000 to $72,000. 2015 ASHA Health Care Survey; 2014 ASHA Schools Survey
Speech-language pathology is one of 27 careers projected to have the highest growth by 2024 (21% increase) according to an analysis by Career Trends.
-The ASHA Leader, May 2016