To communicate freely with others, to be listened to and understood; these are communication rights for everyone. But some people miss out. There are many reasons to study Speech Pathology, but this is the most powerful: you will forever be in demand to support the 1.2 million Australians with a communication disability. As well as that, you’ll also have a role in enabling people who have difficulty eating, drinking, or swallowing to have safe and enjoyable meals.
If you need to more reasons to be convinced, here are just a few to help tip the balance:
Do you like working with people? Speech pathologists engage with people from many cultural backgrounds and clients of all ages – from infants and their parents, to adults and their family members and supporters. In many settings, you’ll work in a vibrant interprofessional team of health professionals all focused on creating the best outcomes in partnership with the client.
Enjoy a variety of stimulating workplaces
With a wide range of skills, you’ll find a variety of workplace options to consider once you graduate. Speech pathologists work in hospitals, nursing homes, local health clinics, schools, private practice, rehabilitation centres and corporations – and can work anywhere using telehealth online. Better yet, you’ll find it easy to switch career direction at any time – your skills, person-centred values, and leadership qualities will see you contribute meaningfully wherever you choose.
Own your destiny and create a business
Satisfy your inner entrepreneur by setting up your own private practice. At UTS you’ll not only learn the skills needed to become a successful speech pathologist, but we’ll show you how to choose a great practice at the start of your career and create your business plan too.
Work with children, or adults, or across the lifespan
You will graduate with the skills and experience to work in any setting with many clients, but if you have a passion to work mainly with children or with adults, or want to work with both, you can. People need speech pathology services at many different stages over their lives, and your own talents and preferences can help to guide your continual professional development.
Embrace innovation in communications technology
Love social media and digital technologies? So do speech pathologists who are embracing modern innovations such as telehealth, mobile devices, social media and assistive technologies to help people everywhere to access services, and to get their message across.
Embark on a life-long learning journey
Speech pathology is an evolving profession and you’ll find opportunities to broaden your experiences and learn new things constantly.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme being established, the ageing population, and increased focus on inclusive education in schools, have created an increasing demand for speech pathologists across Australia.
Unleash your creativity and imagination
At UTS, we’re adopting Speech Pathology Australia’s ambitious vision for the profession. We need speech pathologists with an eye on the future and a strong desire to transform evidence into practice, enabling many more people and addressing the current large gaps in service provision. Being ready and able to collaborate and connect across cultures will really help to move new advancements in technology into clinical practice.
Make a meaningful difference
Lastly, a list of why study speech pathology would not be complete without mentioning the great feeling of achievement you get once your client builds new communication skills or has their first enjoyable meal without coughing and choking. There’s a real sense of satisfaction in knowing that you’ve enabled progress and are changing people’s lives for the better, forever.