A High-demand Career That Helps People
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