Speech-Language Pathologists

By: Jada Valdiviez

What do they do?

Speech-Language Pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) diagnose,treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders. These disorders can result from a variety of different causes such as stroke, developmental delay, and emotional issues.

Work Environment

Most speech therapists work full-time and almost half work in schools.

How do you become one?

Speech therapists need at least a master's degree. Most states require them to be licensed.


The median annual pay for 2012 was $69,870 with an hourly wage of $33.59.

Job Outlook

Employment is expected to grow 19% between 2012-2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

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