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Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders in patients.

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders in patients.

Quick Facts: Speech-Language Pathologists
2010 Median Pay $66,920 per year
$32.17 per hour
Entry-Level Education Master’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 123,200
Job Outlook, 2010-20 23% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 28,800

What Speech-Language Pathologists Do

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders in patients.

Work Environment

Most speech-language pathologists work in schools or healthcare facilities. Some work in patients’ homes.

How to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists typically need at least a master’s degree. They must be licensed in most states; requirements vary by state.

Pay

The median annual wage of speech-language pathologists was $66,920 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment is expected to grow by 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population grows older, there will be more instances of health conditions that cause speech or language impairments, such as strokes, brain injuries, and hearing loss. This will result in increased demand for speech-language pathologists.

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