Job Growth for Audiologists and SLPs As a student or professional, you may be wondering about the employment forecast for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s sunny! The BLS projects that employment of audiologists will increase over a 10-year period, from 13,000 in 2012 to 17,300 in 2022 ... At a Glance
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Job Growth for Audiologists and SLPs
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At a Glance   |   November 01, 2014
Job Growth for Audiologists and SLPs
The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 24. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.19112014.24
The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 24. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.19112014.24
As a student or professional, you may be wondering about the employment forecast for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s sunny!
Audiologists’ Projected Job Growth, 2012–2022
The BLS projects that employment of audiologists will increase over a 10-year period, from 13,000 in 2012 to 17,300 in 2022 (a 34 percent increase)—much faster than the 11 percent average growth rate for all occupations. The elderly population’s rapid growth is likely to result in a significant increase in the number of people with hearing loss, and more demand for audiologists. Early identification and diagnosis of hearing disorders in infants also is expected to stimulate job growth.
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SLPs’ Projected Job Growth, 2012–2022
The BLS further projects that SLPs’ employment will increase from 134,100 in 2012 to 160,100 in 2022 (a 19 percent increase)—faster than the 11 percent average for all occupations. As the large baby boom population ages, health conditions such as stroke and neurological conditions that cause speech or language impairments are more likely. Additional SLPs will be needed to treat them. Improved awareness of speech and language disorders in younger children should also stimulate demand for SLPs who treat that age group.
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More information is available at www.bls.gov/ooh and on.asha.org/clin-workforce. Consider attending an ASHA convention poster session or National Student Speech Language Hearing Association education/clinical session that highlights a wide range of clinical personnel supply-and-demand data and resources.
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