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Speech Language Pathologist Working Conditions

Speech-language pathologists held about 135,400 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most speech-language pathologists were as follows:

  • Educational services; state, local, and private: 44%
  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists: 19%
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private: 13%
  • Nursing and residential care facilities: 5%
  • Social assistance: 4%

Most speech-language pathologists work full time. About 1 out of 4 worked part time and about 2 out of 5 speech-language pathologists worked in schools in 2014. Those who work on a contract basis may spend a lot of time traveling between facilities.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

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