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Become A Speech Therapist

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Working As A Speech 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

  • $60,671

    Average Salary

What Does A Speech Therapist Do

Speech Therapists work with patients across multiple age groups to facilitate the treatment of speech and language disorders, such as stammers and stutters. They work with people who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly.

How To Become A Speech 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 Therapist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Turkish

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Basque

  • Mandarin

  • Urdu

  • Thai

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Real Speech Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Facility Rehab Director/Speech Therapist Affirma Rehabilitation Resource Center Modesto, CA Nov 13, 2016 $105,000 -
Speech Therapist Plano Operating Company, LLC Plano, TX Jan 13, 2016 $100,248 -
Speech Therapist Sutter Visiting Nursing Association and Hospice Emeryville, CA May 04, 2015 $99,840
Speech Therapist Gateways Rehabilitation, LLC Los Angeles, CA Jun 28, 2012 $98,089
Speech Therapist Gateway Rehabilitation LLC Los Angeles, CA Jun 15, 2012 $98,089
Speech Therapist Cumberland Therapy Services, LLC San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2010 $81,500
Speech Therapist Cumberland Therapy Services, LLC San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2012 $80,000
Speech Therapist Vista Hill Foundation San Diego, CA Sep 15, 2011 $77,251
Speech Therapist Alum Rock Union Elementary School District San Jose, CA Aug 01, 2014 $75,995
Speech Therapist Fellow (Slp-Cfy) SHC Services, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2013 $73,045
Speech Therapist Pediatric Therapy Professionals, Inc. Philomath, OR May 01, 2014 $73,045
Speech Therapist Power Rehabilitation Services, LLC Ocala, FL Dec 09, 2016 $72,904
Speech Therapist Baker Hall Buffalo, NY Sep 15, 2013 $66,784
Speech Therapist Blue Sky Therapy Canfield, OH Oct 03, 2011 $66,650
Speech Therapist Gonzales Unified School District Gonzales, CA Jul 20, 2011 $65,757
Speech Therapist Michigan Rehab Care, Inc. MI Feb 06, 2014 $65,520
Speech Therapist Child Success Center Santa Monica, CA Feb 01, 2011 $65,000
Speech Therapist Aprendamos Intervention Team Las Cruces, NM Jun 30, 2010 $65,000
Speech Therapist NYL-New York League for Early Learning NY May 10, 2012 $60,000
Speech Therapist Trinity Health Minot, ND Aug 01, 2016 $58,812
Speech Therapist Trinity Health Minot, ND Jan 08, 2016 $58,812
Speech Therapist Grandison Management, Inc. New York, NY Aug 28, 2016 $58,582
Speech Therapist Grandison Management, Inc. NY Aug 28, 2016 $58,582
Speech Therapist Grandison Management, Inc. Monsey, NY Aug 28, 2016 $58,582

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Top Skills for A Speech Therapist


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Top Speech Therapist Skills

  1. Occupational Therapists
  2. Speech Therapy Services
  3. Caseload
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with Physicians, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Case Managers to maximize client success.
  • Provided individual and group speech therapy services to students with Autism in a public school setting using a multi-modal approach.
  • Provide services to children ages 3-5; caseload encompasses students with Language Learning Disabilities, Auditory Processing Difficulties and Phonological/Articulation Disorders.
  • Serve as therapist to developmentally delayed preschool children.
  • Conducted assessments in collaboration with others that helped to identify students with communication disorders.

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