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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.

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.
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?

The most common salary  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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Duration 4 yrs - 8 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Working with children check
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Written skills
  • Time management
  • Thoroughness

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Working with children check
  • Adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team work
  • Learning aptitude
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How do Speech Pathologists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 36 Speech Pathologists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Speech Pathology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Paediatrics
The good things
The good things: The most rewarding part of working as a Speech Pathologist is the interaction you have with clients and the improvements you can make for people in regards to their communication. The...
The challenges
The Challenges: The main challenge of working as a Speech Pathologist is the amount of emotional stress the role can place on you, especially early on in your career. Working with complex disability (...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Speech Pathology
The good things
Being a speech pathologist allows you to support people in need; to help those who are experiencing illness or recovering from injury; to support children and adults with a disability manage their dai...
The challenges
Though it is rewarding, it can be challenging to support people who are suffering a great loss or life change or dealing with multiple stressors of a disability or a family members' disability.
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Speech Pathology
The good things
I love the rewarding nature of my role as a Speech Pathologist working with children as I am challenged everyday to support the different needs of each child I see and it is so rewarding to see when e...
The challenges
The preparation and research required to ensure delivery of ethical and evidence-based practice is sometimes time consuming and unless you are extremely disciplined with your work-life balance, this s...
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Communication Pathology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Researcher
The good things
Good things If you are not that interested in purely clinical work, then adding a research and lecturing component will stimulate that side of your professional personality. Our profession will alway...
The challenges
I mentioned these below the positive aspects already
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Adult inpatient care and rehab
The good things
You get to make a real difference in someone’s life. working in rehabilitation is so rewarding! Most days I leave with a smile on my face
The challenges
It’s challenging to have to make recommendations in regards to what and individual can eat and drink that your patient may not agree with.
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Arts
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
Neuro rehab and mental health
The good things
Opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives Intellectually stimulating Opportunity to be a creative problem solver Working with other health professionals and workers to assist clients
The challenges
You never ever manage to get your job done in the hours you are paid for Lots of additional hours worked and not renumerated Difficult to make money in private practice without cutting corners Lack...
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor if Applied Scince in Speech Pathology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Speech and language disorders in children
The good things
Working with children always brings funny moments and as a key worker the opportunity to establish relationships with clients and their families. Sharing their joy when progress is made even when only...
The challenges
Managing to balance work and life. Fitting in every thing that needs to be accomplished in a day. Being creative in thinking of new ways to tackle a problem.
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Working as a Speech Pathologist (in mainstream schools) you get to make tangible differences in young people’s lives. You work with families and schools and establish deficits and ways to best support...
The challenges
Working across many different sites with multiple teams can be a challenge at times but with good communications and time management you can navigate these issues. Advocacy in itself takes grit and de...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Paediatrics
The good things
Veey rewarding career and a variety of ways to progress your career
The challenges
Working with families who don't want to be helped
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Speech Pathology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Paediatrics
The good things
High level of job satisfaction Variety of clients you can work with Variety of different settings you can work with
The challenges
Can be difficult to secure your first job given the high number of graduates compared to job opportunities
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What are the job opportunities for Speech Pathologists?

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Job opportunities

Speech Pathologist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
38.3%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Audiologists and Speech Pathologists \ Therapists
Latest Speech Pathologist jobs on SEEK
Medacs Healthcare Australia
Sydney > Parramatta & Western Suburbs
Locum Speech Pathologist required for Rehabilitation Provider in Western Sydney.
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West Moreton Hospital and Health Service
Brisbane > Western Suburbs & Ipswich
Provide high level speech pathology clinical services across a broad range of clinical services within the speech pathology team
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Sydney > Parramatta & Western Suburbs
Develop your knowledge of autism in a supportive & collaborative environment.Contribute to the improvement of outcomes for individuals on the spectrum
Northern NSW Local Health District
Lismore & Far North Coast
Employment Type: Temporary Part Time (56 weeks)Position Classification: Speech Pathologist Lvl 1 / 2Remuneration: $31.62 - $45.82 per...
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