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Speech Language Pathologist

What does a Speech Language Pathologist do?

A Speech Language Pathologist evaluates patients to determine the causes and effects of various speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders that affect patients of all ages. They investigate communications disorders and often different kinds of behaviors that manifest with particular communication difficulties.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals
  • Schools and universities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Centers for those with developmental disabilities
  • Research laboratories
  • Private practices

Education and Training Requirements

Most speech language pathologists have a graduate degree, have completed an internship/clinical field experience, and pass the national certification examination administered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Society. However, in some work environments, a PhD is required. Courses of study include biology, physiology, anatomy, human development, social/behavioral sciences, physical science, mathematics, psychology, semantics, phonetics, linguistics. Speech language pathologists have the same strong, scientific foundation as other allied health professions, but with an added linguistic component.

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salary for speech language patholigsts is approximately $66,920 per year.

Professional Organization

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - careers in speech-language pathology.