Speech pathologists, otherwise known as speech therapists, are the healthcare professionals that diagnose and provide treatment for sufferers of speech and listening related disorders. Their work is invaluable, helping people with a range of disabilities and dysfunctions, like:
People with difficulties swallowing
To become a speech pathologist, you need to obtain a tertiary qualification at a university that offers speech pathology training. Both masters and undergraduate degrees in speech pathology require students to undergo guided clinical experience, and upon graduation, become certified through Speech Pathology Australia.
Speech Pathology Australia
Speech Pathology Australia is the assessment authority for the profession, setting industry standards and ensuring development in the field. This is the authority speech pathologists need to go through in order to secure their certification of practice – those wanting to renew their certification must demonstrate they’re undergoing continuing professional development.
Speech pathologists can expect to make around 48,000 to 84,000 per year.