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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