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Speech-language Pathologists

What they do:
Work with patients to identify, diagnose, treat and help prevent disorders related to speech, language, voice, swallowing, and fluency.  Speech pathologists develop specialized care plans for patients brain injuries, various disorders, disabilities, and many more to help them make sounds, improve their voices, and communicate more effectively. 


  • Master’s degree from one of over 300 programs accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation

  • national examination on speech-language pathology

  • Supervised clinical experience (usually a minimum of 400 hours)

  • The Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)

What they make:
The median salary for pathologists jumped from $66,920 in 2010 to $73,410 in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The best-paid speech-language pathologists earned more than $114,840 in 2015, while the lowest-paid earned less than $46,000. In general, jobs within the health care industry pay better than schools do.

Where they work:

  • Hospitals

  • Schools

  • Nursing care facilities

  • Home healthcare services

  • Outpatient care services

  • Child day care centers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 28,900 jobs will open up before 2024.


Updated February 2017