Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) evaluate, diagnose, and carry out treatment for individuals who have speech, language, hearing, and swallowing problems in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

Audiologists are experts in the management of the auditory and balance systems. They specialize in the evaluation of hearing, and the prevention and treatment of hearing problems.

Speech, language, and hearing scientists provide the research on which clinicians base their treatment methods. They investigate biological, physical, and physiological aspects of communication and explore trends in communication sciences.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010–2011, about 48 percent of speech-language pathologists worked in educational services; most others were employed by healthcare and social assistance facilities. Work settings include:

  • Public and private schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Short-term and long-term nursing care facilities
  • Community clinics
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private practice offices
  • State and local health departments
  • State and federal government agencies
  • Home health agencies (home care)
  • Adult day care centers
  • Centers for persons with developmental disabilities
  • Research laboratories

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012–2013, the current trend for SLHS professions is as follows: Growth rate from 2010 to 2020 for Audiologists: 37%—much faster than average. The growth rate from 2010 to 2020 for Speech-Language Pathologists: 23%—faster than average.

The median pay (May 2010) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012–2013—Audiologists: $66,660, Speech-Language Pathologists: $66,920.

The size and nature of the SLHS Department allows students the opportunity to participate in internships as well as engage in research and clinical projects with faculty mentors. The Butler Speech-Language Clinic provides an opportunity on campus for qualified students to work with clients who experience communication disorders. Both the research and clinical aspects of the SLHS Program are an integral part of student growth and development and allow the application of classroom learning to practical, meaningful experiences.

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