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Speech-Language Pathologists

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

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Audiology/Speech Pathologist, Audiologist; Audiology/Speech Pathologist, Speech

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.


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


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
  • understanding people's reactions
  • teaching people how to do something


  • 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


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


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: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
certificate after master's
usually needed

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