Recent publications from government and private sources indicate that the field of speech-language pathology and audiology will grow approximately 20% over the next 10 years, exceeding the average growth rate in the health-care industry. Currently, the average salary in both professions is approximately $76,000 per year. The majority of audiologists and speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, community clinics, and school systems. Some trained individuals also are employed in universities, industry, governmental agencies, private practice, or in group practice working with physicians and other specialists.
Speech and hearing professionals evaluate, treat, and conduct research into human communication and its disorders, working with infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations.