|Quick Facts: Speech-Language Pathologists|
|2010 Median Pay||
$66,920 per year
$32.17 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Master’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||123,200|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||23% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||28,800|
Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders in patients.
Most speech-language pathologists work in schools or healthcare facilities. Some work in patients’ homes.
Speech-language pathologists typically need at least a master’s degree. They must be licensed in most states; requirements vary by state.
The median annual wage of speech-language pathologists was $66,920 in May 2010.
Employment is expected to grow by 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population grows older, there will be more instances of health conditions that cause speech or language impairments, such as strokes, brain injuries, and hearing loss. This will result in increased demand for speech-language pathologists.
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