CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Monitor patients' progress and adjust treatments accordingly.
Administer hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests, or examinations to patients to collect information on type and degree of impairments, using written and oral tests and special instruments.
Develop and implement treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, and inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers.
Instruct clients in techniques for more effective communication, including sign language, lip reading, and voice improvement.
Teach clients to control or strengthen tongue, jaw, face muscles, and breathing mechanisms.
Develop speech exercise programs to reduce disabilities.
Consult with and advise educators or medical staff on speech or hearing topics, such as communication strategies or speech and language stimulation.
Design, develop, and employ alternative diagnostic or communication devices and strategies.
Conduct lessons and direct educational or therapeutic games to assist teachers dealing with speech problems.
Communicate with non-speaking students, using sign language or computer technology.
Provide communication instruction to dialect speakers or students with limited English proficiency.
Use computer applications to identify and assist with communication disabilities.
Conduct or direct research on speech or hearing topics, and report findings for use in developing procedures, technologies, or treatments.
Evaluate hearing or speech and language test results, barium swallow results, and medical or background information to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice, and swallowing disorders.
Write reports and maintain proper documentation of information, such as client Medicaid and billing records and caseload activities, including the initial evaluation, treatment, progress, and discharge of clients.
Develop individual or group activities and programs in schools to deal with behavior, speech, language, or swallowing problems.
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.
Complete administrative responsibilities, such as coordinating paperwork, scheduling case management activities, or writing lesson plans.
Educate patients and family members about various topics, such as communication techniques and strategies to cope with or to avoid personal misunderstandings.
Participate in conferences, training, continuing education courses, or publish research results to share knowledge of new hearing or speech disorder treatment methods or technologies.
Supervise and collaborate with therapy team.
Consult with and refer clients to additional medical or educational services.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Foreign Language Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
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.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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).
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Audition Music or sound editing software
Avaaz Innovations AphasiaMate Medical software
Avaaz Innovations Computerized Speech Research Environment CSRE Analytical or scientific software
Avaaz Innovations Interactive Voice Analysis System IVANS Medical software
Biofeedback software Medical software
Bungalow Software Aphasia Tutor software Medical software
ELR Software eLr Extra Language Resources Medical software
Email software Electronic mail software
KayPENTAX Multi-Speech Medical software
KayPENTAX Nasometer Medical software
Language analysis software Analytical or scientific software
Learning Fundamentals Speech Visualization Medical software
Micro Video Video Voice Speech Training System Medical software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Propeller Multimedia React2 Medical software
Signal analysis software Analytical or scientific software
Speech analysis software Analytical or scientific software
Text to speech software Computer based training software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Words+ E Z Keys for Windows Voice recognition software
Airflow measurement devices Flow sensors
Alternative computer keyboards Keyboards
Audiometers Audiometers or accessories
Augmentative communication devices Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged
Closed circuit television systems Televisions
Compact disk CD players Compact disk players or recorders
Compact stereo systems Portable stereo systems
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Diagnostic stroboscopes Stroboscopes
Digital audio recorders Digital voice recorders
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Digital video stroboscopy systems Stroboscopes
Dynamic display devices Tablet computers
Electroglottographs EGG Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Electromyographs Electromyography EMG units or accessories
Handheld camcorders Hand held camcorders or video cameras
Headphones Headphones
Infrared switches Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
Jellybean switches Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Laryngographs Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Personal computers Personal computers
Reading pens Scanners
Recording microphones Microphones
Sound booths Audiometric booths or acoustic hearing test chambers
Sound switches Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
Speech therapy mirrors Speech mirror
Subglottal air pressure measurement devices Pressure indicators
Tablet computers Tablet computers
Tape recorders Cassette players or recorders
Therapeutic voice synthesizers Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged
Touch switches Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
Video cassette recorders VCR Video cassette players or recorders
Video stroboscopes Stroboscopes
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Alternate Job Title(s)
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist
Clinical Instructor
Communication Specialist
Educational Speech-Language Clinician
Educational Speech-Language Pathologist
Language Pathologist
Oral Therapist
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
Public School Speech Clinician
Public School Speech Therapist
School Speech/Language Pathologist
Speech Clinician
Speech Correction Consultant
Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)
Speech Pathologist
Speech Therapist
Speech and Hearing Clinic Director
Speech and Language Clinician
Speech and Language Specialist
Speech and Language Teacher
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Speech-Language Therapist
Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped
Voice Pathologist
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
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