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Speech Pathologist

Help people of all ages with speech and communication issues.

What's it like to be a Speech Pathologist?

Speech Pathologists help people who have communication impairments, including speaking, listening, language comprehension, reading and writing; or speech impediments such as stutters. They work with people of all ages, often with children who are having problems developing speech.

Speech Pathologist

Tasks and duties

  • Working with children to alleviate communication impairments due to intellectual disability, developmental delays, physical disability and/or learning difficulties.
  • Treating adults whose language, speech or voice has been affected by surgery, debilitating disease or brain injury.
  • Helping patients to overcome stutters and other speech impediments.
  • Assessing and treating patients who have difficulty chewing and/or swallowing.
  • Providing consultation to education, medical, dental and other health professionals.
  • Providing ongoing support, advice and information to clients, families and other significant persons (such as friends, carers and educators) in order to develop more successful communication interactions.
  • Providing communication strategies and alternative communication devices for a person who cannot communicate verbally.
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Speech Pathologists also study, diagnose and administer treatment to people afflicted by brain injuries, stroke, intellectual disabilities, dementia, hearing loss and other issues that affect the brain’s ability to process speech and language.

Speech Pathologists interact with members of the public daily and work in a range of healthcare settings, including public and private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, schools and kindergartens, mental health facilities, or in private practices.

What can I earn as a Speech Pathologist?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Speech Pathologist is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Speech Pathologist


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To work as a registered Speech Pathologist in Australia, you need to complete a degree in Speech Pathology at an accredited university. After completing your study, you need to register with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) to become a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).

  1. Complete an accredited qualification in Speech Pathology. This may be a Bachelor of Speech Pathology or a Master of Speech Pathology.
  2. Achieve CPSP certification via the SPA application process.
  3. Once certified, enter into the SPA’s Professional Self Regulating (PSR) program, demonstrating a mandatory amount of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) each year.

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Bachelor of Speech Pathology

This degree prepares you for a role as a Speech Pathologist with skills to assess and treat people with communication disabilities.

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Master of Speech Pathology

This qualification will prepare you for a role as a Speech Pathologist if you already hold a Bachelor degree.

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How do Speech Pathologists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 35 Speech Pathologists surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
4.3

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Oct 2018
Overall, being a Speech Pathologist is highly rewarding, & as a paediatric Speech Pathologist you have heaps of fun!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Senior Speech Pathologist
The good things
Working with clients and their families to improve their communication skills & quality of life is extremely rewarding. Working with children particularly can be a lot of fun. Working within a strong ...
The challenges
See previous question- included in that response.
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Oct 2018
Speech Pathology is an excellent career path for people who are passionate about helping people
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Manager
The good things
Speech Pathology offers diversity in its’ role as you can choose an area of specialisation and you can also choose whether you would like to work with one type of caseload (eg children and families, a...
The challenges
Speech Pathology work can be demanding of your time and you will sometimes be required to work outside of normal work hours. You need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills and have...
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Working hours for Speech Pathologists

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What are the job opportunities for Speech Pathologists?

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