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