Professional opportunities for audiologists and speech-language pathologists are bright. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for these professions is predicted to climb between 16-29 percent in the decade between 2020-2030. That represents an average of approximately 800 openings for audiologists and 15,200 openings for speech-language pathologists each year over the decade. 

Double-Digit Career Upswing

Between 2019-2029, job growth is expected to rise by 25% for Speech-Language Pathologists and 13% for Audiologists versus 8% for all other professions.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work across a wide range of environments, focusing on different skills, disorders, technologies, and goals.

A few facts about these careers:

  • Audiologist was ranked the #1 Best Job in America by Time magazine (2015)
  • Speech-language pathologist was named #8 in Best Jobs in America by Glassdoor (2020)
  • Audiology was ranked #12 in highest-paying jobs working fewer than 40 hours a week by Business Insider (2020)
  • Speech-language pathologist was #6 IN Best Healthcare Jobs by U.S. News & World Report (2020)

Career Resources for UI Graduate Students

The Graduate College offers robust professional development services, including career guidance, national grants and fellowships support, and Iowa's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). For more information on graduate student professional development services, visit the Professional Development page in the Graduate College.

Graduates of the MA-SLP program who wish to work in the schools must obtain a teaching license or Professional Service License with endorsement in the area, or a Statement of Professional Recognition. Visit the UI College of Education for more information, or download the licensure preparation form.