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Working As A Speech Pathologist

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

  • Make Decisions

  • $68,526

    Average Salary

What Does A Speech Pathologist Do

Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate, or autism.

Duties

Speech-language pathologists typically do the following:

  • Evaluate patients’ levels of speech, language, or swallowing difficulty
  • Identify treatment options
  • Create and carry out an individualized treatment plan that addresses patients’ specific functional needs
  • Teach patients how to make sounds and improve their voices
  • Work with patients to develop and strengthen the muscles used to swallow
  • Counsel patients and families on how to cope with communication and swallowing disorders

Speech-language pathologists work with patients who have problems with speech and language, including related cognitive or social communication problems. Their patients may be unable to speak at all, or they may speak with difficulty or have rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering. Speech-language pathologists may work with people who are unable to understand language or with those who have voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or a harsh voice.

Speech-language pathologists also must complete administrative tasks, including keeping accurate records. They record their initial patient evaluations and diagnoses, track treatment progress, and note any changes in a patient’s condition or treatment plan.

Some speech-language pathologists specialize in working with specific age groups, such as children or the elderly. Others focus on treatment programs for specific communication or swallowing problems, such as those resulting from strokes or a cleft palate.

In medical facilities, speech-language pathologists work with physicians and surgeons, social workers, psychologists, and other healthcare workers. In schools, they work with teachers, other school personnel, and parents to develop and carry out individual or group programs, provide counseling, and support classroom activities. For more information on teachers, see the profiles on preschool teachers, kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, and special education teachers.

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How To Become A Speech Pathologist

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.

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Speech Pathologist Demographics

Gender

Female

86.3%

Male

12.0%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.5%

French

7.0%

Russian

5.6%

Arabic

5.6%

Hindi

4.2%

German

4.2%

Dakota

4.2%

Portuguese

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

Chinese

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Lithuanian

1.4%

Braille

1.4%

Bengali

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Polish

1.4%
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Speech Pathologist Education

Schools

Nova Southeastern University

8.9%

New York University

6.7%

Adelphi University

6.1%

University of South Florida

5.6%

College of Saint Rose

5.6%

Hofstra University

5.6%

Tennessee State University

5.6%

Marquette University

5.0%

University of Cincinnati

5.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.5%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

4.5%

Eastern Michigan University

4.5%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

Ball State University

4.5%

Ithaca College

3.9%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.9%

Northern Arizona University

3.9%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.9%

Southern University and A & M College

3.9%

Hampton University

3.9%
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Majors

Communication Disorders Sciences

46.3%

Speech-Language Pathology

24.5%

Physiology And Anatomy

5.5%

Special Education

4.7%

Education

3.9%

Business

2.0%

Elementary Education

1.6%

Psychology

1.3%

Speech Communication And Rhetoric

1.3%

Educational Leadership

1.3%

Communication

1.1%

Health Care Administration

1.0%

Rehabilitation Science

0.9%

Human Development

0.7%

Public Relations

0.7%

Nursing

0.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.6%

Clinical Psychology

0.6%

English

0.6%

Public Health

0.5%
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Degrees

Masters

70.4%

Bachelors

13.8%

Other

7.3%

Doctorate

3.8%

Certificate

2.8%

Associate

1.2%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real Speech Pathologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Speech Pathologist Innovative Healthcare Management Services, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Mar 26, 2014 $104,350
Speech Pathologist The Perfect Playground New York, NY Apr 16, 2016 $93,915
Speech Pathologist Advantage Rehab Solutions, LLC Castro Valley, CA Apr 24, 2013 $91,000
Speech Pathologist Advantage Rehab Solutions, LLC Castro Valley, CA May 01, 2011 $89,741
Speech Pathologists Global Communication Services Inc. Lake Success, NY Feb 10, 2016 $85,000
Speech Pathologist Sutter Health West Bay Region San Francisco, CA Jan 26, 2015 $83,760
Speech Pathologist Morongo Unified School District Twentynine Palms, CA Oct 01, 2012 $80,802
Speech Pathologist Morongo Unified School District Twentynine Palms, CA Aug 21, 2012 $80,802
Speech Pathologist University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Jan 03, 2016 $79,181
Speech Pathologist Uc Physicians, Inc. Cincinnati, OH Jan 03, 2016 $79,181
Speech Pathologist University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Mar 14, 2016 $79,181
Speech Pathologist Special Communications, LLC Bunnell, FL Aug 16, 2015 $77,282
Speech Pathologist Morongo Unified School District Yucca Valley, CA Mar 09, 2014 $70,353
Speech Pathologist Morongo Unified School District Twentynine Palms, CA Sep 02, 2015 $70,353
Bilingual Speech Pathologist Cbhsp Arizona, Inc. Tucson, AZ Aug 03, 2011 $70,218
Speech Pathologist Julia Hobbs Speech Pathology, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 27, 2014 $70,000
Bilingual Speech Pathologist Cbhsp Arizona, Inc. AR Feb 09, 2012 $69,010
Speech Pathologist Lahey Clinic, Inc. Burlington, MA Aug 01, 2011 $68,000
Speech Pathologist Lahey Clinic, Inc. Burlington, MA Jul 25, 2011 $68,000
Speech Pathologist Compton Unified School District Compton, CA Sep 20, 2013 $60,278 -
$60,500
Speech Pathologist Compton Unified School District Compton, CA Aug 26, 2013 $60,278 -
$60,500
Speech Pathologist The New England Center for Children Southborough, MA Apr 01, 2011 $60,189
Speech Pathologist City Sounds of Ny-Speech Language Development Center, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $60,000
Speech Pathologist Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare Germantown, TN Aug 31, 2016 $59,813
Speech Pathologist Professional Rehab Sol Sterling Heights, MI Dec 30, 2015 $59,480

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  1. Language
  2. Occupational Therapy
  3. Dysphagia
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  • Evaluated and provided reading therapy for individuals with speech-language disorders in the area of dyslexia
  • Worked with rehabilitation team that included occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing and social work.
  • Worked with developmentally delayed children and adults in group homes primarily treating dysphagia and using augmentative communication devices.
  • Evaluate and treat clients with diagnosis of traumatic brain injury to facilitate community reentry.
  • Designed differential interventions, maintained caseload records, collaborated with teachers, and regularly communicated progress to parents and teachers.

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  5. Colorado
  6. Wyoming
  7. Delaware
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