Speech Pathologists, also called Speech Therapists, assess, diagnose and treat patients who have speech-related disorders. Speech Pathologists work with patients who stutter, have problems producing certain sounds, and cannot speak fluently, and also who have swallowing disorders.
They often work in places like schools and hospitals and are highly trained to assess and treat individuals who have a communication disability therefore they must be able to listen to and communicate with their patients in order to determine the right course of treatment. With much empathy and patience, they will work on a personal level to think critically in order to work very closely and make the patient’s life better!
Communication is their forte as they teach others to communicate which may be for young children, people with learning disabilities or adults. Critical thinking and the ability to adapt how they can help with the chosen methods is essential.
The demand for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) is rising, with projected job growth at 21% through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics