Careers in the Licensed Professions

Speech-language Pathologist

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Speech-language pathologists evaluate, diagnose, and treat disorders of speech, voice, swallowing, and language. These professionals treat communication problems experienced by people of all ages, including problems resulting from injuries and illness. If they determine that speech or language therapy is needed, speech-language pathologists design a program of activities to address the needed areas and guide their patients through the process.


Graduate degree from a Department-registered speech-language pathology licensure program, or the equivalent.


At least 36 weeks of supervised experience in speech-language pathology, following completion of all graduate degree requirements.


Specialty Area test of the Praxis Series, Praxis II, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in speech-language pathology

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Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $77,510 in the U.S., $83,600 in NY
  • Salary range: $59,740 -$108,720
  • Projected growth: much faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Schools
  • Health care facilities
  • Social service facilities
  • Home health care
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Health sciences
  • Language learning and development
  • Observation and analysis
  • Working closely with people

Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Communication

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a speech-language pathologist about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020