Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate or autism.
- Education requirements: Master’s degree
- Soft skills: analytical skills, communication skills and compassion
- Average annual salary: $74,700
- 3 in state schools: Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR), Portland State University (Portland, OR), University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
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