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Language Pathology

A Few Facts About Speech-Language Pathology

  • About half work in educational services, and most others were employed by health care and social assistance facilities.
  • A master’s degree in speech-language pathology is the standard credential required for licensing in most States.
  • Employment is expected to grow because the expanding population in older age groups is prone to medical conditions that result in speech, language, and swallowing problems.
  • Excellent job opportunities are expected.
  • Speech-language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders.

Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds, or cannot produce them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; people with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; those who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent; and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem solving disorders. They also work with people who have swallowing difficulties.

This information comes directly from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Dept. of Labor. For additionl information on the SLP profession, training, employment, job outlook, and salaries visit www.bls.gov/oco. Use the A to Z menu and click on the link for Speech-Language Pathology.