Careers and Outcomes
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that “employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.”
The master’s program Elmhurst offers will sufficiently prepare graduates for the exciting and fast growing industry of speech-language pathology. Upon graduation, Elmhurst will equip students with the clinical education, essential functions, and the knowledge and skills necessary to have a successful career in this specialized industry.
Elmhurst’s program prepares graduates to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. The certification qualifies you for an Illinois license to practice. With that license, graduates can work in hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, private practice, and skilled nursing facilities. The program also prepares graduates for working in the Illinois public schools. Most Speech-Language Pathologists work in schools, with a larger concentration in pre-school and primary school settings; a smaller number work in secondary schools.
According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), “an additional 28,800 SLPs will be needed to fill the demand between 2010 and 2020—a 23% increase in job openings.”
Career opportunities related to speech-language pathology include, but are not limited to:
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Recreational Therapists