The employment outlook for Speech Language Pathologists over the coming decade is expected to be extremely favorable. Many jobs are expected to become available for two reasons, highlighting the diversity of the position. Those who specialize in younger patients will see more individuals as medical technology advances and more premature and/or trauma victims are in need of care. For those that see older patients, the aging population provides a great number of neurological disorders including stroke and swallowing disorders.
The greatest number of jobs are projected to grow in educational settings, where the effect of recent legislation requiring special education is still being felt. Health care facilities, feeling the pinch of current budget shortfalls, are expected to be somewhat limited in comparison. Lastly, the ability to speak a second language besides English is expected to be a major factor in employment, since the population is becoming more diversified with respect to language.