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Speech Pathologist job description

A Speech Pathologist is a professional who specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of people with communication disabilities or disorders.

Use this Speech Pathologist job description to advertise your vacancies and find qualified candidates. Feel free to modify responsibilities and requirements based on your needs.

Speech Pathologist responsibilities include:

  • Diagnosing, treating and preventing speech, language and swallowing disorders
  • Creating treatment and therapy plans to suit the individualized needs of patients
  • Performing screenings to detect voice or speech disorders

Job brief

We are looking for a Speech Pathologist to join our team and provide quality care for our patients. 

Speech Pathologist responsibilities include performing screenings, assessing patient conditions and designing a treatment plan to help patients develop necessary speech skills. 

Ultimately, you will work directly with patients to understand their needs and help develop treatment plans to provide excellent patient care.


  • Educate patients and family members about speech disorders and causes, including disabilities and traumatic events
  • Keep detailed records relating to patient conditions, care plans, therapies and progress
  • Report progress and current status to appropriate parties, which may include family members, teachers or medical professionals
  • Attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings for students
  • Consult with teachers, parents or medical providers as necessary
  • Provide rehab assistance to help patients meet their goals

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Speech Pathologist or similar role
  • Experience with certain conditions or working with specific age groups may be preferred
  • Strong understanding of speech-related conditions, causes and treatments
  • Excellent coaching, verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with computers, especially patient and healthcare databases
  • Attentive and caring with the ability to develop individualized education plans (IEPs)
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Speech Pathologist

Frequently asked questions

What does a Speech Pathologist do?

Speech Pathologists are healthcare providers who assess, diagnose and treat people for communication disorders in hospitals and schools.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a Speech Pathologist?

A Speech Pathologist works directly with patients to determine a diagnosis and provide treatment plans to aid communication disabilities and prevent swallowing disorders in children and adults.

What makes a good Speech Pathologist?

A good Speech Pathologist must have excellent people skills since they work with a variety of patients throughout the day. They must also have good listening skills so they can understand the needs of their patients and help them build a treatment plan based on their goals.

Who does a Speech Pathologist work with?

A Speech Pathologist will typically work alone, but they will work with the primary Physician of their patient when needed to ensure the patient receives proper medical attention.

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