Speech-Language Pathology in Nashville

Although the city is known for its entertainment industry, Nashville’s healthcare industry generates more than 270,000 jobs at more than 500 healthcare companies in the city.1

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) pursuing licensure and employment in Nashville can help children, adults, and seniors experience a higher quality of life.

Speech-Language Pathology Jobs in Tennessee

21 percent

Expected SLP job growth in Tennessee, 2016–20262


2019 Median SLP annual wage in Tennessee3

SLP Opportunities in Nashville

SLPs can help Nashville residents with speech, language, and hearing disorders live life to the fullest in this vibrant city. Here are a few opportunities where Nashville-based SLPs can make a big impact:

  • Known as Music City, Nashville is home to seasoned musicians as well as up-and-coming singers. SLPs can treat professional musicians who experience vocal fatigue and other voice disorders that can significantly impact their careers.
  • Nashville’s population is aging, and although nursing home placements are available, many seniors prefer home-based care options. Often agencies and other outpatient services providers hire SLPs to treat seniors in their house or apartment.
  • Nashville has a number of traumatic brain injury treatment centers that help survivors regain the ability to communicate and swallow. SLPs are needed in outpatient and inpatient settings to diagnose and treat disorders that may have resulted from brain injury.

How to Become a Licensed SLP in Nashville

Nashville residents experience a range of speech and swallowing disorders caused by many different factors. To treat clients with communicative challenges in Nashville and other Tennessee cities, the Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences requires all aspiring SLPs to meet a variety of licensure requirements. The minimum education requirement is to earn a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited institution.

To see how our master’s program aligns with Tennessee requirements, visit our licensure website.

Why Speech@NYU?

NYU Steinhardt’s online master of science program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders enables qualified students to earn their degree. Accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Speech@NYU has a unique curriculum that prepares you to pursue licensure and employment in a variety of professional settings in Nashville.

Earn Your Master’s through Speech@NYU

Learn how NYU Steinhardt’s online program prepares you to advance your SLP career in Nashville.


1 Nashville Health Care Council, “Nashville: The Health Care Industry Capital” (accessed October 24, 2019) arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

2 CareerOneStop, Projected Employment for Speech Language Pathologists in Tennessee (accessed October 24, 2019) arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

3 CareerOneStop, Wages for Speech-Language Pathologists in Nashville, TN (accessed June 19, 2020) arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference