Speech Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists who are sometimes called “speech pathologists” or “speech therapists” work with clients of all ages who have difficulty speaking or with speaking clearly. They also help people with speech impediments such as lisps stuttering heavy accents or difficulties with modulating tone or slurring words. They may also work with clients who are experiencing memory or attention difficulties because of injuries strokes or as a result of developmental cognitive or emotional difficulties. They provide therapy for individuals that have problems with swallowing. For this career individuals must have excellent communication skills as well as patience and understanding. Speech-language pathologists are employed in educational facilities most often in public schools. However many work in health care and social service settings. They are often members of teams that also include physicians psychologists physical therapists and social workers. Some speech-language pathologists teach at universities and conduct research on new techniques for delivering therapy. Others have private practices. Speech-language pathologists are usually required to have master’s degrees from an accredited program. These programs consist of formal coursework as well as supervised clinical training. The website careers.stateuniversity.com says that licensing and certification requirements vary depending upon the state but speech-language pathologists who want to advance in their profession should take steps to become certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In general job prospects for speech-language pathologist are positive but those who are fluent in more than one language will have the widest selection of employment opportunities. Earnings for speech-language pathologists depend on experience and employer. The website careerplanning.about.com says that the median annual earnings for speech-language pathologists are approximately $65000.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $65000
High Salary: $75000
Low Salary: $55000
Tasks: Works with clients who cannot speak and/or swallow clearly.
Plans and carries out treatment plans.
Conducts research to help develop new treatment methods.
Keeps records of clients' progress.
Also Called: Speech Pathologist
Language Pathologist
Speech Therapist
Language Therapist
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/497/Speech-Language-Pathologist.html
http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/speech_path.htm
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos099.htm