Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists
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.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Monitor patients' progress and adjust treatments accordingly. 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. 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. 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. 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. Complete administrative responsibilities, such as coordinating paperwork, scheduling case management activities, or writing lesson plans. Develop individual or group activities or programs in schools to deal with behavior, speech, language, or swallowing problems. Instruct clients in techniques for more effective communication, such as sign language, lip reading, or voice improvement. 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.
License: This applicant should contact the State Board for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology for application process and examination schedules. Application Fee: $200.00 License Renewal Fee: $75.00 License Fee: $75.00
Outlook: Very Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $24.67   Entry $51,328.00
Mean $35.12   Mean $73,059.00
Experience $40.36 Experience $83,929.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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