Why Become an SLP?
- Helping a child with a speech sound disorder be understood by his classmates
- Assisting a transgender woman to achieve her authentic voice
- Working with a senior citizen to safely enjoy her favorite foods again
What Is Speech-Language Pathology?
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What Speech Pathologists Do
- Acquired conditions such as brain injuries and strokes
- Congenital conditions such as cerebral palsy and cleft lip and palate
- Developmental anomalies in speech and language
- Speech differences in areas such as accent and transgender voice modification
Speech Pathologist Job Description
- Evaluate speech, language, or swallowing difficulty
- Create treatment plans that address certain functional needs
- Work with patients to develop and strengthen swallowing muscles
- Help children and adults improve their oral and written language skills
- Assist individuals in improving their voices and achieving fluent speech production
Types of Speech Pathologists
Educational Speech Pathologists
Medical Speech Pathologists
Other Types of Speech Pathologists
Speech-Language Pathology vs. Audiology
How to Become an ASHA-Certified Speech Pathologist
- Earn a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited university.
- During your master’s program, complete a minimum 400 hours of supervised clinical experience, including 25 hours of clinical observation and 375 hours of direct client contact.
- After graduating, complete a supervised Clinical Fellowship of at least 36 weeks.
- Take and pass the Praxis exam in speech-language pathology.
- Apply for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence, an internationally recognized credential that helps you to stay current in the field by engaging in continuous professional development.
ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
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Speech Pathology Job Outlook
Projected SLP employment in 2026
Expected growth in US jobs for SLPs between 2016 and 2026
Median Salary for a Speech Pathologist
Speech Pathologist Job Satisfaction
of SLPs were satisfied or very satisfied with their career choice regardless of career setting.
of SLPs who worked in school settings were satisfied or very satisfied.
of SLPs who worked in hospital settings were satisfied or very satisfied.
Is Speech-Language Pathology Right for You?
- Do you want to treat a diverse range of clients facing a variety of disorders?
- Are you comfortable working with people one on one and in small-group settings?
- Does the thought of collaborating with physicians, social workers, occupational therapists, special educators, and other healthcare workers appeal to you?
- Would you like to have the flexibility to work in a variety of professional settings throughout your career, including schools, hospitals, treatment facilities, nursing homes, and private practices?