University of Wisconsin–Madison

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists, sometimes referred to as speech clinicians or speech therapists, diagnose, evaluate, and provide treatments for persons who have speech, voice, language as well as eating and swallowing problems.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Speech pathologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physicians’ offices, speech language and hearing centers, home health care agencies, schools, colleges, and universities. A few work in private practice or contract out their services. They treat patients who experience speech and language problems as a result of hearing loss, stroke, brain injury or other debilitating conditions. Speech pathologists work with individuals who may suffer from eating and swallowing problems and/or speech and language difficulties. They are trained to evaluate and test a patient’s skill level in speech and language, to create and implement proper treatment programs, to operate audio-visual equipment for patient treatment, and monitor each patient’s progress. Speech pathologists may work part-time or full-time, although most work 40 hours a week.

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 2,470
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 135,400
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 163,300
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 21%
Expected Annual Openings: 6,310
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $64,852

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