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How to Get a Job as a Speech-Language Pathologist

Janet Brown, ASHA director of health care services in speech-language pathology, says speech therapists hoping to work in education need as many field placements as possible during graduate school. And if you want to work in a health care setting, Brown suggests looking for a degree program that has health care placements readily available. Job prospects are good for speech-language pathologists, but this is a competitive field. For an inside edge, “ask in advance when looking for your master’s program about their available placements,” Brown advises.

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Speech-Language Pathologists

"What are some standardized tests you are familiar with?" - Progressus Therapy Speech Language Pathologist Candidate (Location Unknown)

"Do you have experience with dysphagia?" - RehabCare Speech Language Pathologist Candidate (Location Unknown)

"How will you handle aggressive or violent family members?" - Life Care Centers Speech-Language Pathologist Candidate (Location Unknown)

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility fair Average
Stress Level poor Above Average
Flexibility fair Average

What is the Job Like?

About 1 in 4 speech-language pathologists worked part time in 2012. Full-time speech-language pathologists put in a minimum of 40 hours a week, and many of them do so in a school system. According to the BLS, 48 percent of all speech therapists work in education. Similar to elementary school teachers and school counselors, speech-language pathologists working in schools often find that their work environment sways with the emotional fluctuations of the children they see. Brown says gauging parents’ concerns and keeping up with a considerable amount of paperwork are additional components to the daily routine of a speech-language pathologist working in education. Those who specialize in health care frequently work in hospitals, assisted-living communities and nursing homes. And they, too, must properly manage the expectations of their clients and their clients’ families, in addition to keeping diligent records on their treatment plans.

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