Speech Pathologist Career Information

A speech pathologist, sometimes called a speech-language pathologist or speech therapist, work with people in a variety of ways. The work with those who suffer from speech related illnesses, or disorders. These disorders sometimes include patients not being able to produce certain sounds, speech rhythms or voice projections. They usually have people to modify accents or who have swallowing troubles. They also work in assessing and diagnosing people who are suffering from disorders. They also work with other healthcare professionals to provide prevention and awareness.


Speech-pathologist's held about 110,00 jobs during the year of 2006. Approximately, half of these jobs were involved in schools such as preschools in elementary educational facilities. Other speech pathologists, worked in hospitals, offices, nursing care facilities, home health or individual and family services. Some may also have work to outpatient care centers and childcare facilities. Others are self-employed.

People in this field work with people who cannot make speech sounds, have voice quality problems, have trouble understanding or producing language, have troubles relating to communications skills, have impairments such as attention, memory or other disorders.

A regular day of a person in this field includes conducting written and oral tests with a patient, recording and analyzing speech and swallowing techniques. Develop plans for each patient in order to find alternatives to negation methods, improved voices, sounds, speech ability and communication skills. They also help patients who have suffered from speech loss and other disorders. Like any job, there can be a lot of stress involved with this position, because you are working with people that you may not be able to understand.

Educational requirements

In most states, it is necessary to have a Masters degree in speech-language in order to work in this field. Some states require only a license from those who graduated from a credit postsecondary educational program. You must pass a exam and get a license to perform this work.

Licensing requirements include 300 to 375 hours of supervised clinical practice in nine months of clinical experience in order to be eligible to take the exam. 41 states also have continuing education requirements if you want to renew your license.

Job outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow as fast as all other occupations to the year 2016. Bilingual individuals in this field will be most in demand due to those who speak both Spanish and English. More people in this field work in private practices such as hospitals and other healthcare facilities, as well as schools and contract positions or self employment.


The annual earnings of a speech pathologists was $57,710 in the year of 2006. However, these annual earnings vary depending on the place you work, the location and your number of experience.

People who work and nursing care facilities are at an average of $70,000 per year, those who worked in offices earned $63,000 per year, those who work in hospitals at $61,000 per year, and those who work in schools earned average of $83,000 per year.