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Speech Pathologist

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
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

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.

Explore speech pathology qualifications

Prepare to work as a Speech Pathologist with a tertiary qualification.

Duration 4 yrs - 8 yrs
8 institutions offering this qualification
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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