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Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists


Population growth, lengthening life spans, growing awareness of speech-language disorders (such as stuttering) in young children, and increased public awareness of the problems associated with communicative disorders indicate a highly favorable employment outlook for well-qualified personnel. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for speech-language pathologists will grow much faster than the average, 21 percent, and audiologists will grow even faster, 29 percent, through 2024. Much of this growth depends on economic factors, additional funding by health care providers and third-party payers, and legal mandates requiring services for people with disabilities. Additionally, the passage of the Affordable Care Act is expected to expand the number of people who are eligible for insurance coverage for speech-language pathology or audiology services. 

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