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Types of Speech Pathologist Jobs   by Amy Nut

in Self Help / Advice    (submitted 2009-08-09)

A speech pathologist, or speech therapist, is a therapist who helps patients of all ages improve their communication skills. They also assist people who have difficulties swallowing. Speech pathologists diagnose and treat communication problems related to language and speech. They work in a wide variety of settings such as schools, clinics, hospitals, government, and private settings. Patients who undergo treatment with a speech therapist may have a pronunciation, language, or fluency disorder which prevents them from understanding others, or they cannot be understood by others when they try to speak to them. Speech pathologists can be found working in a wide variety of specialized rehabilitation areas.

Types of speech pathology jobs include:

Pediatric Speech Pathology Jobs: There are speech pathologist jobs that focus solely on children. The children will either have a difficult time communicating and will require special communication exercises and treatment, or they may have special needs requiring special speech therapy. The most common speech pathology jobs are in schools. Many schools have full time speech pathologists that help children work on their speech skills. There may also be a speech pathologist that travels to various schools in the district area. Many speech therapists work with teachers, administrators, special educators, and parents in effort to help the impaired child. They can also work with babies who have feeding and swallowing difficulties. As well, they can work with children in a private setting such as in their own home.. Those therapists who are self-employed will usually have a liaison with a medical facility.

Adult Speech Pathology Jobs: Some speech pathologists treat adults who have suffered brain trauma, head injury, an illness affecting their speech, or a debilitating condition resulting from an event such as a stroke. The patients will have to relearn how to speak properly. You will find these speech pathologists working in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and nursing homes. They can also work in private settings such as a patient's home.

Speech pathologists can work with adults with eating and swallowing problems that result from a stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, motor neuron dysfunction, Huntington's disease...etc.

Speech Pathology Research Jobs: A speech pathologist can work in a research setting such as a university or company to conduct research and carry out experiments. The goal is to find improved treatment techniques and to discover why certain speech difficulties take place.

Speech Pathology Management Jobs: A speech pathologist can be employed as a manager/supervisor in a rehabilitation facility that includes nursing homes as well as facilities dealing with developmentally delayed disabilities.

Most speech pathologists are employed in pre-schools, elementary, and secondary schools. Other speech pathologists worked in hospitals, medical clinics, nursing care homes, private in home settings, individual and family orientated services, outpatient care centers and child day care services.

Employment of speech pathologists is expected to grow significantly through to the year 2016. The demand for bilingual speech pathologists is also expected to increase, especially therapists who speak Spanish and English. For those who are interested in acquiring a rewarding and lucrative medical vocation that focuses on helping people in great need, Speech Pathology may be a great career choice.