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Speech Language Pathologist

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Rehabilitation

Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot make speech sounds, or cannot make them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; people with voice quality problems, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding or improving language; and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem-solving disorders.

Speech-language pathologists develop an individualized plan of care. They counsel individual families concerning communication disorders and how to cope with the stress and misunderstanding that often accompany them. They also work with family members to recognize and change behavior patterns that impede communication and treatment and show them communication-enhancing techniques to use at home.

Audiologists work with people who have hearing, balance, and related problems. They use audiometers, computers and other testing devices to determine the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, the ability to distinguish between sounds, and the nature and extent of hearing loss. Audiologists interpret these results and may coordinate them with medical, educational, and psychological information to make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment,Speech-language pathologists and audiologists keep records on individual evaluation, progress, and discharge of clients. This helps pinpoint problems, tracks client progress, and justifies the cost of reimbursement when applying for reimbursement. Both provide direct clinical services to individuals.

Work Settings

Both speech-language pathologists and audiologists may work in clinics or medical facilities, and may assist in classroom settings.


A Bachelors Degree and specialized training is required.

Job Outlook

33 percent increase over the next 10 years 40,000 new jobs expected in the U.S.


Average annual salary $30,000 - $70,000 (NYS Avg $50,320)

Work Schedule

40 hour week; those on a contract basis may spend substantial time traveling

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