Are you looking for a healthcare career that offers plenty of flexibility with an excellent employment outlook and an above average salary? Then consider a career as a speech-language pathologist! You’ll use your inner creativity in a variety of work settings to help a diverse group of clients build their confidence and self-esteem through improved communication skills. Speech-language pathologists work with patients who have difficulty speaking or may be unable to speak at all. Thanks to low stress levels, an excellent work-life balance and plenty of advancement opportunities, speech-language pathologists routinely report a high level of job satisfaction. Here are some of the skills you will need if you decide to pursue a career in speech-language pathology.
- Communication: Speech-language pathologists need to have excellent communications skills, in both oral and written language as well as non-verbal communication, if applicable. Strong reading and writing abilities are also important.
- Compassion: Speech-language pathologists work with patients who sometimes require a great deal of emotional support and encouragement. Compassion, empathy and a genuine desire to help people are extremely important skills to have if you decide to follow this career path.
- Active Listening: Speech-language pathologists must engage in active listening using all the senses to build trust and understand the specific needs and wants of both the patient and the caregiver, if applicable. This will help formulate the best course of treatment for each patient.
- Creativity: Every patient you treat as a speech-language pathologist will have unique needs and require a creative treatment plan incorporating exercises to help improve their communication skills. You may need to think “outside the box” to develop specific solutions that work for individual patients or situations.
- Intelligence: Speech-language pathologists are usually required to obtain a master’s degree and also need to fulfill licensure requirements to practice, which vary by state. They must also possess and retain a wide variety of communications, neuroscience and linguistics knowledge.
- Persistence: Speech-language pathologists often work with patients who may have medically complex reasons for requiring treatment. You will need persistence to help them overcome barriers to treatments which will improve their overall quality of life.
- Versatility: Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of clinical settings, including schools, hospitals, nursing home and residential care centers and research laboratories, or in private homes or offices. Additionally, you may also be required to travel to multiple locations each day to see and treat patients.
- Enthusiasm: Speech-language pathologists often need to find ways to inspire patients during a treatment and recovery process the patient may find difficult or challenging. It is helpful to identify motivating factors within each patient that help them strive toward a wellness goal.
Ready to Start Your Career as a Speech-Language Pathologist?
Cross Country Allied has flexible opportunities for speech-language pathologists in a variety of clinical and educational settings from coast to coast. If you’re ready to start the career adventure of a lifetime, why not see what we have to offer?