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Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

– Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

To be a successful Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant you should…g_SpeechLanguagePA

  • enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • be flexible, patient, and compassionate
  • follow directions well

What will my job be like?

Speech-language pathologist assistants assist the speech-language pathologist with speech-language and hearing screenings. They may follow documented treatment plans or protocols developed by the supervising speech-language pathologist, assist with informal documentation, and perform checks/maintenance of equipment. They may also support the supervising speech-language pathologist in research projects, in-service training, and public relations programs.


Where could I work?

Most speech-language pathologist assistants work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, or speech and hearing centers. They may work 40 hours per week, and some may work part time.

Other workplace settings:
  • Nursing Homes
  • Private Practice
  • Public Health Departments
  • Schools

What is the average annual salary?

$39,600


What is the future of this career?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn’t provide data specifically for speech-pathology assistants, but it does have data for all medical assistants. The BLS notes that employment opportunities for all of these assistants regardless of specialty were expected to increase 31% from 2010-2020, which is faster than average.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

Each state has training requirements that range from a high school diploma to a baccalaureate degree plus graduate credit hours, as well as a variety of requirements for supervision. In addition to state regulatory agencies, state education agencies also may credential support personnel to work solely in schools to support service delivery provided by a qualified speech-language pathologist.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  •  Manchester Community College, Manchester

*on the job trainingOn-the-job training is received by working with a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist.


Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.


Where can I get more information?

Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Inc.
124 Kennerson Road
Eastford, CT   06242
860-377-9066
www.ctspeechhearing.org