Explore a Career in Speech Pathology
What is Speech-Language Pathology?
Speech-language pathology is the study of developmental and acquired communication and swallowing disorders. It includes the assessment and management of such disorders.
Speech-language pathologists work with people of all ages whose disorders may include delayed speech and language development, neurologically-based speech and language impairment, stuttering, voice and/or swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, working alongside teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others.
As a profession, the field of speech-language pathology:
- Provides an essential human service
- Is in high demand
- Pays well (avg. $72,000 per annum)
- Provides opportunities to work in publicly-funded health or education programs, or in private practice
- Allows workplace and work-week flexibility
- Invites creative and practical application of linguistic, psychological and other scientific theories
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