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Become A Speech/Language Therapist

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Working As A Speech/Language Therapist

  • Developing Objectives and Strategies
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $62,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Speech/Language Therapist Do

A Speech/Language Therapist treats babies, children, and adults who have various levels of speech, language, and communication problems. They carry out assessment and treatment at clinics and patients’ homes.

How To Become A Speech/Language Therapist

Speech-language pathologists typically need at least a master’s degree. They must be licensed in most states; requirements vary by state.


Speech-language pathologists typically need at least a master’s degree. Although master’s programs do not require a particular undergraduate degree for admission, certain courses must be taken before entering a program. Required courses vary by institution.

Graduate programs often include courses in speech and language development, age-specific speech disorders, alternative communication methods, and swallowing disorders. These programs also include supervised clinical experience.

The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), part of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, accredits education programs in speech-language pathology. Graduation from an accredited program is required for certification and, often, for state licensure.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Almost all states require speech-language pathologists to be licensed. A license requires at least a master’s degree and supervised clinical experience. Many states require graduation from an accredited master’s program to get a license. For specific requirements, contact your state’s medical or health licensure board.

Speech-language pathologists can earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Certification satisfies some or all of the requirements for state licensure and may be required by some employers.

Speech-language pathologists who work in schools may need a specific teaching certification. For specific requirements, contact your state’s department of education or the private institution in which you are interested.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Speech-language pathologists must select the most appropriate diagnostic tools and analyze the results to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Communication skills. Speech-language pathologists need to communicate test results, diagnoses, and proposed treatments in a way that patients and their families can understand.

Compassion. Speech-language pathologists work with people who are often frustrated by their difficulties. Speech-language pathologists must be able to support emotionally demanding patients and their families.

Critical-thinking skills. Speech-language pathologists must be able to adjust their treatment plans as needed, finding alternative ways to help their patients.

Detail oriented. Speech-language pathologists must take detailed notes on patient progress and treatment.

Listening skills. Speech-language pathologists must listen to a patient’s symptoms and concerns to decide on the appropriate course of treatment.

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Speech/Language Therapist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Thai

  • Italian

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Real Speech/Language Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Speech Language Therapist/Pathologist Adventes Speech Therapy Services, Inc. San Dimas, CA Oct 01, 2010 $79,306
Speech Language Therapist/Pathologist Advantes Speech Therapy Services, Inc. San Dimas, CA Oct 01, 2010 $79,306
Speech Language Therapist 360 Degree Customer Inc. Streetman, TX Jul 30, 2012 $75,000
Speech Language Therapist Nova Health Therapies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 15, 2014 $68,097
Speech and Language Therapist Delano Union School District Delano, CA Jan 15, 2010 $67,714
Speech & Language Therapist Florence Unified School District No. 1 San Tan Valley, AZ Jul 21, 2015 $63,500
Speech Language Therapist, Pathologist Asst Vital Speech and Swallow LLC CA Aug 24, 2013 $62,610
Speech Language Therapist, Pathologist Asst Vital Speech and Swallow, Speech Therapy, Inc. CA Aug 24, 2013 $62,610
Speech Language Therapist/Pathologist Advantes Speech Therapy Services, Inc. Chino, CA Apr 07, 2010 $62,610
Speech Language Therapist Assistant Vital Speech and Swallow LLC CA Dec 29, 2009 $62,610
Speech-Language Therapist/Pathologist Advantes Speech Therapy Services Inc. Chino, CA Nov 12, 2009 $62,610
Speech-Language Therapist Vital Speech and Swallow LLC CA Dec 20, 2009 $62,610
Speech Language Therapist Pristine Rehab Care, LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 20, 2016 $60,278
Speech and Language Therapist Carousel School Los Angeles, CA Apr 20, 2010 $56,099

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Top Skills for A Speech/Language Therapist


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Top Speech/Language Therapist Skills

  1. Special Education Teachers
  2. Caseload
  3. Preschool Children
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with special education teachers and other professionals.
  • Provided evaluation and therapy services and caseload management to a variety of school age children.
  • Provided outside training seminar in identifying delays in preschool children and on normal speech and language development.
  • Plan and implement therapy for a variety of speech and language disorders for pediatric population.
  • Specialized in fluency disorders and social language/autism spectrum disorders.

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