On the Job
Speech-Language Pathologists assess and treat people who have speech, language, voice, or fluency disorders. They may teach patients how to use alternative communication systems. They may also do research on speech or language problems.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
- Prepare healthcare training materials.
- Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
- Present medical research reports.
- Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
- Develop health assessment methods or programs.
- Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Frequent contact with others.
- Working with a group or team.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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