Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

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What do they do?

Assist speech-language pathologists in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. Implement speech and language programs or activities as planned and directed by speech-language pathologists. Monitor the use of alternative communication devices and systems.

Also known as:

Assistant Speech-Language Pathologist, Communication Assistant, Speech - Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA), Speech and Language Assistant, Speech and Language Tutor, Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, Speech Language Pathology Assistant, Speech Pathologist Assistant, Speech Therapy Assistant, Speech-Language Assistant

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Healthcare Support Workers, All Other is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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  • 8.2%

    Percent Change

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  • 11,700

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.4%)
  • Master's degree (4.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (15.2%)
  • Associate's degree (10.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (30.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (30.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (7.1%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Implement therapeutic programs to improve patient functioning.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Prepare medical reports or documents.
  • Develop patient therapy programs.
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