Is speech pathology a good career choice for me?
June 4, 2013 6:20 PM Subscribe
I love children, am introverted, am really good at science, but am missing about five prerequisite classes in speech and language. Is speech pathology a good career choice for me?
posted by kettleoffish to Work & Money (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Saw King's Speech, loved it (not as a movie, but as a portrayal of a career path). I have been interested for a long time in speech pathology. My first love is novel-writing, but it doesn't pay the bills. Also, there's this slight obsession I have with helping people. It would be good to translate that into a career at some point.
There are myriad options with this path, from working in hospitals, to working in schools to opening a private practice. And firsthand, it is so clear that people who go to speech pathologists TRULY improve, and in ways that immeasurably improve their lives.
-Is speech pathology a good career for increasing levels of complexity/responsibility? What does the day to day of it feel like? What kind of trajectory does this have, for someone who is more into caring for patients one on one than management.
-Is the masters or PhD better for someone who loves research, but not administration or bureaucracies? It is the former that is pulling me to academia and the latter that's pulling it away again. Is it better to get a masters then PhD, or go straight into the PhD?
-Finally, is it a good profession for starting a private practice in? What is it like being the sole owner of a business, if there are any SLPs on here that could comment?
Many thanks for any ideas.