Careers in SLP

SLPs may:

  • prepare future professionals in college and universities
  • manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private practices
  • engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes
  • supervise and direct public school or clinical programs
  • develop new methods and equipment to evaluate problems
  • establish more effective treatments
  • investigate behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders

Practices in SLP:

  • public and private schools
  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation centers
  • short- and long-term nursing care facilities
  • community clinics
  • colleges and universities
  • private practice offices
  • state and local health departments
  • state and federal government agencies
  • home health agencies (home care)
  • adult day care centers
  • centers for persons with developmental disabilities
  • research laboratories

SLPs must have:

  • a sincere interest in helping people
  • above‑average intellectual aptitude
  • the sensitivity, personal warmth, and perspective to interact
    with a person who has a communication problem
  • scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance,
    and persistence
  • resourcefulness and imagination
  • a commitment to work cooperatively with others
  • the ability to communicate both orally and in writing
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