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Work Conditions: Speech-Language Pathologists




Speech-language pathologists usually work at a desk or table in clean comfortable surroundings. In medical settings, they may work at the patientís bedside and assist in positioning the patient. In school settings they may work with students in an office or classroom. Some deliver services in the clientís home. While the job is not physically demanding, it requires attention to detail and intense concentration. The emotional needs of clients and their families may be demanding. Most full-time speech-language pathologists work 40 hours per week; about 1 in 5 work part time. Those who work on a contract basis may spend a substantial amount of time traveling between facilities.