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 2020-2030, job growth is expected to rise by 29% for Speech-Language Pathologists and 16% 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)


The period from 12 to 1 p.m. on Fridays during the academic year is scheduled for Professional Seminars ("ProSem"). The title and abstract of the Prosem talk is announced within the building, on the CSD website, and via a group Email prior to the meeting. Proseminars – located in 308 SHC – provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and guest speakers to present research projects, clinical issues, and other information of general interest (e.g., magnetic resonance imaging; revisions of ASHA's certification requirements). All faculty and doctoral students are expected to present at Proseminar at least once per year. Master's students --especially those doing theses--are encouraged to present their work. Undergraduate honors students present their projects near the end of the spring semester. Proseminar is free and open to all who are interested.

Observation Hours

Students must complete 25 hours of clinical observation before they can begin to work with clients themselves at the graduate level. So that students will be eligible to begin the clinical practicum upon entering the graduate program, students must have documentation that this requirement has been met during the undergraduate program. Some hours can be obtained through assignments from undergraduate classes. Another option is independent observations; most students complete all or a portion of their observations in this way.

For those who would like to obtain observation hours through the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic, please complete and print the Short Term Visitor/Observer Policy form and email to Linsey Gerot (

Career Resources for UI Undergraduate Students

The Pomerantz Career Center provides high-quality resources and services to students, alumni, and employers. The site has information designed to help you move through the various stages of the job search process, including the Handshake@UIowa website as well as information on upcoming employer visits, internships, and careers after college.

Schedule an Appointment with a Career Advisor
Attend a Job, Internship, or Career Fair
Finding and Creating Internships
Interview Practice
Job Search and Resume Basics
Federal Government Employment Resources
Post-Graduation Placement Information and Statistics