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New Year - New Career! A Bright Future in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology


Do you know anyone looking for a new career opportunity in 2023? There are many rewarding opportunities in the field of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology! Here are some interesting facts from the Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia (CDF).


What is the importance of encouraging students to pursue careers in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology?


Growth in Audiology

  • Older Population Growth: Baby boomers, retirees, improved survival and longer life spans resulting in an increase in Audiology referrals

  • Early Identification and Diagnosis of hearing loss

  • Increased School Enrollments with those children who have hearing loss

  • Demand for Direct and Contract Services

  • Changes in Regulations for over-the-counter hearing aids

Growth in Speech-Language Pathology

  • Older Populations: Baby boomers, retirees, improved survival and longer life spans resulting in an increase in speech, language, hearing, and swallowing problems

  • Early Identification and Diagnosis of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders in young children

  • Increased School Enrollments and Children’s return to schools with delays and setbacks in academic (language-literacy-communication) growth since Covid

  • Increased Due Process Complaints and Hearings: At a 10-year high between 2009 and 2019 across the nation (and in Virginia)

  • Need for Contract Services: The number of speech-language pathologists in private practice will rise due to the increasing use of contract services by hospitals, schools, and nursing care facilities

  • Bilingualism: Increased immigrant and refugee populations call for an increased need for bilingual professionals and training in bilingual evaluation and intervention

  • Cognitive Therapy: increased amount of referrals for cognitive treatment due to concussions, head trauma, executive functioning and aging (https://www.asha.org/careers/market-trends/)


Please consider making a donation directly to the Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia (CDF) using this LINK to support scholarship funding for new students in audiology and speech-language pathology.


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