Speech-language Pathologist

Salary/Compensation

In the Philippines, a Speech-language Pathologist’s entry level salary ranges from P30,000 - P40,000 per month and may even go up to P50,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Overseas, such as in the U.S. and Canada, the annual average salary for a speech-language pathologist is $99,220 or $8,268 per month.

Basic Educational Requirement

To become a Speech-language Pathologist, a bachelor's degree in Speech Therapy is the minimum education required. The job often involves coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are also a must.

Cost of Education *

There are limited colleges and universities that offer a B.S. in Speech Therapy and the cost of tuition normally ranges from P65,000 to P80,000 per semester in private colleges and universities. The tuition fee costs less by around 10% to 25% in public colleges and universities that offer the same discipline.

Employment Opportunities

About half were employed in educational services, primarily in preschools and elementary and secondary schools. Others were employed in hospitals; offices of other health practitioners, including speech-language pathologists; nursing care facilities; home health care services; individual and family services; outpatient care centers; and child day care centers. A few speech-language pathologists are self-employed in private practice. They also provide services in schools, offices of physicians, hospitals, or nursing care facilities, or work as consultants to industry. Speech-Language Pathologists may also be employed in the following industries: Hotel and Restaurant; Transport, Storage and Communication; Education; and Health and Social Work.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Experienced Speech-language Pathologists may become mentors or supervisors of other therapists or be promoted to administrative positions.

Nature of Work

A Speech-language Pathologist, sometimes called speech therapist, assesses, diagnoses, treats speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders. Speech-language pathologist works with people who cannot produce speech sounds, or cannot produce them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; people with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems in understanding and producing language; those who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent; and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem solving disorders.

Tasks

  • Administers hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests, or examinations to patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using written and oral tests and special instruments;
  • Communicates with non-speaking students, using sign language or computer technology;
  • Conducts lessons and directs educational or therapeutic games to assist teachers dealing with speech problems;
  • Conducts or directs research on speech or hearing topics, and reports findings for use in developing procedures, technologies, or treatments; and
  • Consults with and advises educators or medical staff on speech or hearing topics, such as communication strategies or speech and language stimulation;
  • Designs, develops, and employs alternative diagnostic or communication devices and strategies;
  • Develops and implements treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, and inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers; and
  • Develops individual or group programs in schools to deal with speech or language problems;

Skills and Competencies

  • Knowledgeable in the use of qualitative and quantitative assessment methods, including standardized tests, as well as special instruments, to analyze and diagnose the nature and extent of speech, language, and swallowing impairments;
  • Ability to develop an individualized plan of care, tailored to each patient's needs;
  • Can select augmentative or alternative communication methods, including automated devices and sign language, and teach their use; and
  • Adept in counseling technique concerning communication disorders and how to cope with the stress and misunderstanding that often affects patients.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Must be patient, compassion, and a good listener; and
  • Has the initiative to continue professional education to gain clinical experience and be updated on the trends of treatments.

* Based on 2011 rates.