What do Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) do?
SLPs Role: Health care professionals who assess, diagnose, treat, and help decrease the impacts of communication impairments
Scope of Service: Speech, Language, Literacy, Cognition, Alternative Communication, Hearing, Swallowing & Feeding
Clients Served: Across the lifespan (birth to geriatrics); e.g., Autism, Developmental Delay, Dementia, Intellectual Disability, Language Impairment, Stroke, Head Injury
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Entry Education Level: Master’s Degree
Annual Median Salary: $76,610
Employment Outlook: Increasing much faster than most occupations
Employment Sites: Preschools and Schools (40%) Hospitals, Nursing and Residential Facilities (55%) Self-employed in Private Practice (5%)
How to become a Speech-Language Pathologist?
B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (Communication Sciences & Disorders). Minimum of 41 hrs of major coursework.
Post Baccalaureate Courses for those without a B.S. in the Field of SLP. Minimum 30 hours.
SLP M.S. degrees are offered at UAMS, UA-Fayetteville, AR State, UCA & Harding Universities.
M.S. degrees typically include 5-6 semesters of coursework & clinical practicum experience.