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Speech-Language Pathologists

Also called: Speech Pathologist, Speech Therapist, Speech and Language Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

What they do:
Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor patients' progress and adjust treatments accordingly.
  • Develop or implement treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, or inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers.
  • Write reports and maintain proper documentation of information, such as client Medicaid or billing records or caseload activities, including the initial evaluation, treatment, progress, and discharge of clients.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
Business
  • customer service
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • teaching people how to do something

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words
  • speak clearly

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Avaaz Innovations Interactive Voice Analysis System IVANS
  • Bungalow Software Aphasia Tutor software
Analytical or scientific software
  • Avaaz Innovations Computerized Speech Research Environment CSRE
  • Language analysis software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$69,870
per year, on average
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