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  • National projections show a growing need for speech-language pathologists (SLP) in all settings.
  • SLPs are knowledgeable about the nature, evaluation and treatment of all types of communication problems that affect interpersonal communication. 
  • SLPs work with speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages. 
  • SLPs determine the extent to which they can provide and/or recommend adequate services for habilitation or rehabilitation of persons with the following disorders:
    • Articulation
    • Fluency
    • Voice and resonance (including respiration and phonation)
    • Receptive and expressive language
    • Hearing (including the impact on speech and language)
    • Swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, and related functions, including oral function for feeding; orofacial myofunction)
    • Cognitive assessments of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem–solving, executive functioning )
    • Social aspects of communication (challenging behavior, ineffective social skills, and lack of communication opportunities)
    • Communication modalities (including oral, manual, augmentative and alternative communication techniques, and assistive technologies.
  • In addition, SLPs conduct research; supervise and direct clinical programs; develop new products and methods; manage agencies, clinics or private practices; and teach in universities and other settings.


SLP’s work in many settings, including:

  • Public schools
  • Hospitals, rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing facilities
  • Private Clinics
  • University Centers
  • Health Centers
  • Government Agencies and many other settings



The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) sets the standards for attainment of the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).  To be eligible to apply for the CCC, individuals must:

  • Complete a Master’s Degree in SLP and other coursework required by ASHA including a biological science, physical science, statistics, and a social science
  • Complete clinical practicum which includes a minimum of 400 clock hours across all disorder types and ages to obtain knowledge and skill competencies
  • Pass the PRAXIS National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Complete a 9-month (full-time) clinical fellowship

For more information about the profession, see

page updated 6/19/2015 12:10 PM

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