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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, 27 percent, and audiologists will grow by 16 percent, through 2028. 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 Affordable Care Act has expanded the number of people who are eligible for insurance coverage for speech-language pathology or audiology services.

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