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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Assist speech-language pathologists in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. Implement speech and language programs or activities as planned and directed by speech-language pathologists. Monitor the use of alternative communication devices and systems.   (O'Net 31-9099.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Anatomic Pathology Assistant, Assistant Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Pathology Assistant, Communication Assistant, Hearing and Speech Assistant, Language Assistant   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Healthcare Support Workers, All Other which includes:
                          - Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
                          - Endoscopy Technicians
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.92   $ 13.65   $ 17.37   $ 20.20   $ 23.44   $ 17.32  
    Yearly $22,720   $28,380   $36,130   $42,020   $48,760   $36,020  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.73   $ 13.67   $ 17.70   $ 20.20   $ 23.73   $ 17.37  
    Yearly $20,230   $28,440   $36,810   $42,020   $49,370   $36,130  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.35   $ 13.42   $ 15.23   $ 18.91   $ 21.68   $ 16.05  
    Yearly $25,680   $27,900   $31,680   $39,340   $45,100   $33,380  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Healthcare Support Workers, All Other which includes:
                                  - Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
                                  - Endoscopy Technicians
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 196 217 1.0% 6
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Healthcare Support Workers, All Other which includes:
                                - Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
                                - Endoscopy Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 35.3%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 19.1%
    Federal government, all industries 15.2%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 8.7%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 6.7%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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  • Implement treatment plans or protocols as directed by speech-language pathologists.
     
  • Document clients' progress toward meeting established treatment objectives.
     
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the remediation or development of speech and language skills.
     
  • Perform support duties such as preparing materials, keeping records, maintaining supplies, and scheduling activities.
     
  • Collect and compile data to document clients' performance or assess program quality.
     
  • Select or prepare speech-language instructional materials.
     
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the conduct of client screenings or assessments of language, voice, fluency, articulation, or hearing.
     
  • Test or maintain equipment to ensure correct performance.
     
  • Conduct in-service training sessions, or family and community education programs.
     
  • Prepare charts, graphs, or other visual displays to communicate clients' performance information.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
    for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
    for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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  • 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.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
    for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • 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).
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
    for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
    for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
    for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants  updated July 2011
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants 
     

     
     
     
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