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Finding Speech Therapy Jobs in 2012

Published July 10, 2012 1:25 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
It's been over three years since I have written a post about finding jobs in the field of speech language pathology. Latest numbers show that unemployment in the United States has remained at a steady but significant rate of 8.2% for the second month in a row. This percentage is mainly concluded by the number of individuals actively seeking employment. Some economists state that it is even higher, closer to 14.82% however if people have chosen to not actively look for work this month for whatever reason, then they are not considered in that number. Many individuals may have given up the search while others have been forced to take positions for which they are well over-qualified just to have some steady cash flow.

Fortunately for speech therapists, this high rate of unemployment is not our reality. I personally receive at least 2-3 calls/week from many different companies looking for speech therapists as well as daily flyers and mailings telling of job opportunities near where I live. In addition, I receive emails daily advertising speech jobs in various settings in my area: schools, home care, rehabs, nursing facilities, hospitals, etc. You name it! If I want to make a position switch, the opportunities are endless!

Below are some websites to help you begin your search!

First, check out the ADVANCE Magazine Career Center (of course!) http://speech-language-pathology-audiology.advanceweb.com/Career-Center/default.aspx

 

When I did a Google search for "speech therapy jobs" and these are just SOME of the hits that came up:

 

With each of the websites listed above, you can search for the different type(s) of position you may want. You can also search at the local, state, national and even international level, depending on the company and what they offer.

Another Idea to help your job search??

Contact the "Speech-Language and Hearing Association" in the state when you live. For example, people interested in working in Pennsylvania could search PSHA's (Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association) website for job opportunities! GOOD LUCK!

 

How are the job opportunities where YOU live?

Also, don't forget to take our Early Intervention Parent Survey if you haven't already!

4 comments

I learned about UDL last fall and it chengad the way I looked at helping clients. It's up to me to create ways for them to be successful. If they don't succeed then I need to find a different method. :)

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KIztxmvvncLLs RI

It is encouraging to hear that there are a great number of employment opportunities for SLPs. The websites mentioned are great resources to refer to when searching for a new job. I found this to be particularly helpful because I am currently taking an English course and part of one assignment is to find a job posting we would be interested in and are qualified for.  The second part of the assignment includes an interview portion geared toward the job posting we chose.

I believe a bonus to becoming a SLP is the wide range of places that have employment opportunities, such as in a school setting or hospital. You also mention that if you wanted to change to a different position, you have a vast amount of opportunities to do so. This is the advantage of being in this field.

The drawback is getting the education to become a certified SLP. Currently I am an Undergrad in Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State and will soon be applying to several Master programs. Although it is competitive to get into a school, once I graduate I will have plenty of opportunities waiting for me.

Jeanette July 25, 2012 10:38 AM

Another place for SLPs is Schoolspring.com.  This site has many states available as well as all different types of jobs in schools.  I have really enjoyed reading your blog Stephanie.

Donna Tavares, EI - SLP, Home Based July 15, 2012 9:57 PM
Newport RI

Very happy the market for SLPs is doing great, unfortunately those of us who assist you guys seem to be looked over. I have years of experiance, and know that Slpa's are valuable, but we dont seem to be getting the support we need to convince the school districts that we are worth hiring. I understand about budget cuts, but if its safe for SLPs, why not for us too. I've gone out on  interviews, and there are always at least 20-30 of us applying for one position. I'd like to hear your feedback concerning this issue. Thank you.

arlene shorter, speech therapy - SLPA, schools/clinics July 12, 2012 5:47 PM
Rialto CA

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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