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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
SOC Code: 31-9099.01

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.

Sample of reported job titles: 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 Therapist Technician, Speech-Language Assistant


  • Implement treatment plans or protocols as directed by speech-language pathologists.
  • Document clients' progress toward meeting established treatment objectives.
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the remediation or development of speech and language skills.
  • Perform support duties, such as preparing materials, keeping records, maintaining supplies, and scheduling activities.
  • Collect and compile data to document clients' performance or assess program quality.
  • Select or prepare speech-language instructional materials.
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the conduct of client screenings or assessments of language, voice, fluency, articulation, or hearing.
  • Test or maintain equipment to ensure correct performance.
  • Conduct in-service training sessions, or family and community education programs.
  • Prepare charts, graphs, or other visual displays to communicate clients' performance information.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Language analysis software; Signal analysis software; Speech analysis software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Medical software - Biofeedback software; Bungalow Software Aphasia Tutor; Micro Video Video Voice Speech Training System; Propeller Multimedia React2 (see all 7 examples)
  • Music or sound editing software - Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Text to speech conversion software - Text to speech software
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged - Infrared switches; Jellybean switches; Sound switches; Touch switches
  • Audiometers or accessories - Digital audiometers
  • Audiometric booths or acoustic hearing test chambers - Sound booths
  • Closed circuit television CCTV system - Closed circuit television CCTV surveillance systems
  • Compact disk players or recorders - Compact disk CD players
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras - Digital still cameras
  • Digital voice recorders - Digital audio recorders
  • Electromyographs - Electromyographs EMG
  • Flow sensors - Airflow measurement devices
  • Hand held camcorders or video cameras - Handheld digital camcorders
  • Headphones - Circumaural headphones
  • Inkjet printers - Computer inkjet printers
  • Keyboards - Alternative computer keyboards
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged - Communications boards
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory - Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Microphones - Recording microphones
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers - Copy machines
  • Portable stereo systems - Compact stereo systems
  • Pressure indicators - Subglottal air pressure measurement devices
  • Scanners - Reading pens
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter - Electroglottographs EGG
  • Speech mirror - Speech therapy mirrors
  • Stroboscopes - Diagnostic stroboscopes; Digital video stroboscopy systems
  • Tablet computers - Dynamic display devices
  • Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged - Speech synthesizers


  • 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.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).


  • Interest code: SC
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 99% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 96% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 88% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 49% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 58% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Telephone - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 61% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 56% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 54% responded “Important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 50% responded “Limited freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 67% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled
  • Deal With External Customers - 41% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 25% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 30% responded “No results.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 39% responded “Never.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 47% responded “Less than 40 hours.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
29%Bachelor's degree
24%Master's degree

Work Styles

  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $17.89 hourly, $37,220 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 97,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 13,700

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