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Speech-Language Pathologists - 29-1127.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Educational Speech-Language Clinician
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Speech and Language Clinician
  • Speech and Language Specialist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
  • Speech/Language Therapist
  • Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped

SOC Occupation Groups

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Tasks

  • Administer hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests, or examinations to patients to collect information on type and degree of impairments, using written or oral tests or special instruments.
  • Communicate with non-speaking students, using sign language or computer technology.
  • Complete administrative responsibilities, such as coordinating paperwork, scheduling case management activities, or writing lesson plans.
  • Conduct lessons or direct educational or therapeutic games to assist teachers dealing with speech problems.
  • Conduct or direct research on speech or hearing topics and report findings for use in developing procedures, technologies, or treatments.
  • Consult with and advise educators or medical staff on speech or hearing topics, such as communication strategies or speech and language stimulation.
  • Consult with and refer clients to additional medical or educational services.
  • Design, develop, or employ alternative diagnostic or communication devices or strategies.
  • Develop individual or group activities or programs in schools to deal with behavior, speech, language, or swallowing problems.
  • Develop or implement treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, or inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers.
  • Develop speech exercise programs to reduce disabilities.
  • Educate patients and family members about various topics, such as communication techniques or strategies to cope with or to avoid personal misunderstandings.
  • Evaluate hearing or speech and language test results, barium swallow results, or medical or background information to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice, or swallowing disorders.
  • Instruct clients in techniques for more effective communication, such as sign language, lip reading, or voice improvement.
  • Monitor patients' progress and adjust treatments accordingly.
  • Participate in and write reports for meetings regarding patients' progress, such as individualized educational planning (IEP) meetings, in-service meetings, or intervention assistance team meetings.
  • Participate in conferences, training, continuing education courses, or publish research results to share knowledge of new hearing or speech disorder treatment methods or technologies.
  • Provide communication instruction to dialect speakers or students with limited English proficiency.
  • Supervise or collaborate with therapy team.
  • Teach clients to control or strengthen tongue, jaw, face muscles, or breathing mechanisms.
  • Use computer applications to identify or assist with communication disabilities.
  • Write reports and maintain proper documentation of information, such as client Medicaid or billing records or caseload activities, including the initial evaluation, treatment, progress, and discharge of clients.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Develop health assessment methods or programs.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Prepare healthcare training materials.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Present medical research reports.
  • Process healthcare paperwork.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Test patient hearing.
  • Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Audiologist (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Audiology/Speech Pathologist, Audiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Audiology/Speech Pathologist, Speech (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Director, Speech-and-Hearing Clinic
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Voice Pathologist