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Speech-Language Pathologist

A speech-language pathologist evaluates and treats a wide range of language, communication, speech, and voice disorders. They work one-on-one with clients and patients, who may include children and/or adults, in various educational and health care settings.

Skills and Responsibilities

  • Have expertise in linguistics, language acquisition, and language disorders
  • Evaluate and treat patients/clients with various language pathologies and communicative disorders
  • Administer and interpret test results
  • Create treatment plans and develop goals for patients/clients
  • Collaborate with therapists, physicians, teachers, and patients’ families on treatment plans
  • Write patient reports
  • Maintain accurate records

Education and Additional Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Speech Pathology, Communicative Disorders, or related field
  • State Certification
  • ASHA Certification

Where They Work

Speech-language pathologists often work in K-12 schools settings and medical facilities.  Companies and organizations that have recently posted jobs for speech language pathologists in California include Kaiser Permanente, Easterseals, US Department of Veteran Affairs, Kindred Rehabilitation Services, and various school districts.

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