Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with Patient

Speech-language pathology assistants assist speech-language pathologists in assessing and treating people with speech and language disorders. They identify the problem, use tests to further evaluate it, and establish objectives to improve clients' speech and language skills. Assistants work closely with pathologists to create and implement treatment plans for patients and document their progress. Speech-language pathology assistants may work for school systems, in private practice, and at clinics and other medical facilities. There are approximately 92,030 health care support workers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Assist speech-language pathologists in helping to improve the speech and language skills of clients with communications disorders; conduct tests; monitor and record clients' treatment and progress
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Speech
Experience Two or more years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Assistant, Speech-Language Pathology
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Speech-Language Pathology Apprentice

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