Worcester State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department


What are Speech-Language Pathologists?


Working with the full range of human communication and its disorders, speech-language pathologists:


·      Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders


·      Treat speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly


In addition, speech-language pathologists may:


·      Teach in college and university programs


·      Manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private practices


·      Engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes


·      Supervise and direct public school or clinical programs


·      Develop new methods and products to evaluate and treat speech-language disorders


Work sites include:


·      Public and private schools


·      Hospitals


·      Rehabilitation Centers


·      Short-term and long-term nursing care centers


·      Community Clinics


·      Colleges and Universities


·      Private Practice Offices


According to the 2005 Health Care Survey, salaries ranged from $53,000-$68,000, depending on educational background, specialty and experience, along with geographical location and type of setting in which they work.

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