ASHA Invites Students to Explore Fast-Growing Fields of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology During Health Professions Week

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Virtual Career Fairs, Interviews with Professionals Among Activities to Be Held Sept. 26-30

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During this year’s Health Professions Week (September 26-30), high school and college students are encouraged to consider the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology, both of which regularly rank highly in career surveys.

Audiologists diagnose, manage, and treat hearing, balance, and ear problems.

Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients.

Students interested in these professions face bright futures. Both are projected to have job growth for years, much higher than other occupations are expected to experience.

A complete list of virtual and in-person events that will provide further information is available here.

Highlights include:

Virtual Career Fairs
Monday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET and Friday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Two free virtual fairs will feature educators and clinicians, including audiologists and speech-language pathologists (under American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), who will chat live with participants. Register here.

In-Person Events: Community Connect Day
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Community events will be held on campuses and in other locations across the country on this day. Click here for a full list of events.

Interview a Health Professional
Thursday, Sept. 29
This is an opportunity for students to ask professionals specific questions about what life is like in their chosen professions. Email healthprofessionsweek(at)gmail(dot)com for help connecting with clinicians and practitioners.

Throughout the week, there will be numerous opportunities to win prizes. For more information on the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology, visit

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 186,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.


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