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Careers for Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology MS Program Graduates

Common job titles

  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Speech therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational therapist

Job outlook data

Speech-language pathologists held around 135,400 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024.

As the large baby boom population grows older, health conditions that cause speech or language impairments, such as strokes and hearing loss, will increase. Speech-language pathologists will be needed to treat the increased number of speech and language disorders in the older population.

Increased awareness of speech and language disorders, such as stuttering, in younger children should also lead to a need for more speech language pathologists who specialize in treating that age group. In addition, a large number of pathologists will be needed to work with children with autism to improve their ability to communicate and socialize effectively.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of Speech-language pathologists are:

  • Educational services
  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Social assistance


» Get information about Adelphi’s Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology MS Degree Program

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Speech-Language Pathologists.

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