Speech & Language Pathologist Job Description and Salary Outlook

In general, speech and language therapist provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. A therapist usually works in health centers, hospitals, clinics, schools, independent practices and patient’s homes. They cure adults and children whose symptoms are the results of illness, accident, disability, acquired disorders or congenital/emotional problems.

If you are interested to become a speech and language pathologist as your health jobs, you will earn $38.00 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Speech-Language Pathologists stretch from $48K on the lower end to $101K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. But before that, you need to know the responsibilities and the qualification for becoming a speech and language pathologist.

The main responsibilities of the jobs are:

  • Performing controlled therapy sessions with individuals, groups and/or families.
  • giving advice and support to patients, family members and teachers
  • writing reports
  • maintaining records and case notes
  • liaising with doctors, physiotherapists, teachers, family members and careers
  • undertaking patient assessments
  • planning and providing appropriate treatment

 Typical Employers of Speech Therapists

  • Voluntary and charitable organizations
  • The NHS
  • Schools

In some cases, therapists can work as private practitioners. Usually recruitment private practitioners work for recruitment agencies, in national newspaper, and in relevant professional publications including the RCSLT vacancy supplement and Health Service Journal and their online equivalents.

Qualifications and Training required

To be the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), an accredited degree is required. This can either be an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Competition for postgraduate places is strong, so having a relevant experience is terribly helpful.

There are some key skills that any speech therapists should have. They are excellent interpersonal skills, organizational skills, communication skills, initiative, flexibility, adaptability, patience, and team working skills.

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