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Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

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Data last updated October 2021

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Job Description

Diagnoses and evaluates speech and language skills as related to medical, social and psychological factors. Plans, directs or conducts rehabilitative treatment programs to restore communicative efficiency of individuals with communication problems of organic and non-organic etiology. Provides counseling and language development therapy. Reviews individual file to obtain background information to determine appropriate tests. Develops and implements individualized plans for assigned clients to meet individual needs, interests and abilities. Evaluates and monitors individuals using audio-visual equipment such as tape recorders, overhead projectors and demonstrative materials. Reviews treatment plan, and if needed, modifies or writes new programs. Maintains records as required by law and administrative regulations. Certified Speech Pathologist.

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Employment Outlook

Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population grows older, there will be more instances of health conditions that can cause speech or language impairments, such as strokes or dementia.


Masters – 5+ Years

University of South Carolina, Clemson, College of Charleston, and Francis Marion university all offer master's degrees in speech pathology