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)
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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.
Last updated by Katy Marquardt.