Medical Careers--Speech Pathology

speech pathologist working with African American child with headphones to identify soundsCan my Psychology degree lead to a career as a Speech Pathologist?

With your Psychology degree you might consider becoming a Speech Pathologist, also known as a speech-language pathologist or a speech and language therapist. This career path involves preventing, evaluating, diagnosing, and treating speech, language, and/or swallowing disorders in adults and children. These disorders include when someone cannot produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, difficulty communicating with others, and or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings.

In the same way that Psychology majors applying to medical (and other) programs require certain pre-requisite courses, it is likely that you will need to take certain prerequisites before applying to a speech-pathology graduate program. These courses may be in areas like Biology, Anatomy, Linguistics, Communications, Physics, Acoustics and others. To be sure, check the website of any school you plan to apply to. Also, keep in mind that to become a speech-language pathologist (SLP), you need at least a Master’s degree (usually two years), and will need to be certified/licensed in the state where you practice.

What will be required to pursue a Speech Pathologist career?

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median (middle) salary of a speech pathologist is $73,410.

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