Speech-Language Pathologists

General Information

Description

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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. State and local government42.44%
  2. Private, for profit33.02%
  3. Private, not for profit16.28%
  4. Self-employed7.79%
  5. Federal government0.36%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 15,200 openings for speech-language pathologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$80,480

State-by-state Salary

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$99,420
$56,790
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 80%
  • Post-master's certificate 19%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Therapy and Counseling

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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