Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are trained to treat a variety of communicative and oral disorders. Some of these problems include speech sound, language, fluency, voice and resonance, social communication, and feeding and swallowing disorders.
A career as an SLP offers a distinctive combination of benefits. Opportunities for professional growth, competitive salaries, and working in collaborative healthcare communities are just a few of the perks.
Maintaining a flexible schedule is a high-value benefit among individuals who pursue careers in the healthcare industry. Similarly, SLPs benefit from flexible (flex) scheduling. Depending on your work-life balance goals, you can choose a traditional weekday schedule or a flex schedule.
As well, depending on the productivity and caseload levels preferred, SLPs can choose between full-time, part-time, or as-needed status.
Work location variation also provides job flexibility. As an SLP, you can choose employment at clinics, schools, private practice, or community organizations. More specifically, medical SLPs can choose from clinical environments that include healthcare, acute care, long-term care, outpatient, pediatric, and rehabilitation units.
Because speech disorders can present at any stage of life, SLPs may also need to decide with which populations they prefer to provide care. You can specialize by stages of life, such as infants, adolescents, adults, or senior adults. You can even focus on specific populations based on socioeconomic or disability status.
SLPs also enjoy a high degree of career stability. With the demand for speech pathology services expected to only increase, both job and pay security is high. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that demand for SLPs to increase 29 percent by 2030.
And if the typical setting of an SLP isn’t interesting enough, you can practice in alternative settings as a vocal coach, communication coach, professor, or translator.
Ready to learn more about the different career paths you can take as a Speech Pathologist? Pioneer Healthcare Services is here to help!