I came to speech pathology after a career change. I had worked in corporate America for four years when I decided it was time for me to do something different, something more meaningful to me. If you are wondering what to do with your future, here’s why I think being a speech pathologist is a great career:
- Working with kids is fun and rewarding. Every day is interesting working with kids. In particular, students with communication disorders have trouble expressing themselves and when they learn how to, they feel so much better. Small victories mean so much.
- Nationwide shortage of speech pathologists. If the profession is so great, then why aren’t there enough people to fill open positions? Well, you must have a master’s degree to become a speech pathologist: an undergraduate degree is not enough for the required certifications. Additionally, not every university offers the speech pathology degree. That’s because they have to (click to read more)have sufficient funds to support a speech and language clinic where enrolled students learn how to provide speech therapy to actual clients under the supervision of certified clinicians.
- Workplace environment for every taste. Speech paths can work in schools or hospitals or clinics or even private practice or home-based therapy. There are a lot of choices and certified speech paths can move between those settings throughout their lives.
- Flexible, part-time work is an option. Many schools and hospitals have opportunities for people to work half-time, which can be great for families with young children.
I have been really happy with my career as a speech pathologist and I recommend it to lots of people. If you have any questions for me about being a speech path, feel free to email me.