The professions of audiology and speech-language pathology are extremely rewarding and offer so much potential and so many choices of work settings and client populations. There is a need for audiologists and speech-language pathologists in many parts of the country, and it is expected to grow over the coming decade. In addition, due to the growing U.S. minority population, clinical opportunities will be even greater for those with bilingual and multicultural expertise. The resources listed below can help you recruit bilingual and multicultural students:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides details on the growing need for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. For speech-language pathology, there is a particular need for bilingual service providers.
ASHA asks bilingual service providers to self-identify based on the Association's definition of bilingual service providers. The state-by-state breakdown of ASHA members and others who provide bilingual and Spanish-language services highlights the need for bilingual service providers in each state.
The federal government and the Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations, have established clear standards that require appropriate cultural and linguistic services to all populations. Learn about the requirements for bilingual services.
ASHA has a collection of resources to help you get started. Take advantage of opportunities to network with colleagues interested in serving culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and learn about salary differentials for bilingual services and available grants and programs.