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Speech Pathologist

Speech Language Pathologists are specialists in communication who diagnose and evaluate speech, language and swallowing disorders.  They design and use supportive communication strategies.  They might also help clients in reducing accents and teaching adaptation for students with language disabilities.  Also known as: Communication Consultant, Language Therapist, Rehabilitation Services Practitioner, Speech Pathologist, Speech Therapist.  Speech-Language Pathologists often work in collaboration with medical and rehabilitation personnel, educators, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, audiologists and other speech-language pathologists. They work in a variety of environments, including hospitals, community health centres, child development centres, private clinics, schools, industry, rehabilitation centres, government agencies and universities. 

Skills Required

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • the intellect and perseverance required to complete the training
  • sensitivity to client needs, be patient, ability to inspire confidence and to motivate clients is important
  • creative problem solving skills
  • the ability to set priorities and deal with multiple demands, strong sense of responsibility
  • the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to details
  • the ability to work effectively in a team environment

Speech Pathologists should enjoy working with people and their families, and exploring problems in depth.

Education/Training Required

Master of Science  degree in Speech Language Pathology

Schools Offering Career Program

Dalhousie University

Average Starting Salary
$59,280

Growth Rate
Varies

Education Required
6 years