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Speech therapy jobs involve diagnosing, treating, and preventing speech disorders, cognitive communication, voice, language, swallowing, and fluency. Working with patients that cannot communicate vocally, clearly, fluency problems, and voice disorders, speech therapists attempt to improve their impairments by first assessing their extent through the use of special instruments and tests. Keeping track of their patient's evaluations and progress, speech therapist jobs are also responsible for helping their patient's families cope with their communication disorders and teaching communication compensation techniques for use at home.

A master's degree is the most common form of education for a speech therapy job. There were 230 colleges and universities that offered advanced degree programs in speech language pathology that were recognized and accredited through the Praxis Series of the Educational Testing Service. 41 States have continuing education requirements while other usual qualifications include 300 to 375 fours of supervised clinical work and 9 months of post graduate professional clinical experience. Depending on the State of practice, there are different variations regarding the proper licensing for speech therapists.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of speech therapist jobs is expected to increase by 11 percent during the 2006 to 2016 period. This rate will be about as fast as the national average for all occupations. With the aging baby boomer population, the possibility for disorders associated with speech increases. Growth in the occupation and the increase in professionals leaving the work force for other careers should create good employment opportunities for speech therapy jobs.

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