Speech-Language Pathologists work with children and adults to prevent, assess, diagnose and provide treatment and counselling for speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders. They work with people ranging in age from infants to adults, helping clients restore or improve their ability to communicate and/or swallow properly.
An Exciting Field of Work
In general, Speech-Language Pathologists:
- Use a variety of specialized tests and procedures to assess and identify language, speech, voice, resonance and swallowing disorders
- Develop and implement treatment plans
- Provide consultative and intervention services
- Counsel clients and families regarding communication and swallowing disorders
- Design and use alternative communication strategies and devices
- Consult with others (e.g. educators) regarding speech and language stimulation, communication strategies, and teach strategies for children who have communication disorders
- Educate and supervise students, professionals and support personnel in educational settings
- Work with multi-disciplinary teams to assess and treat clients, and
- Participate in research and public education activities
Personal Characteristics / Skills
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Sensitivity to client needs
- Creative problem-solving skills
- Ability to set priorities and deal with multiple demands
- Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to details
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment
Education and Training
A Bachelor degree followed by a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Disorders is required.
Education program offered in New Brunswick
The Master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Disorders is not available in New Brunswick.
Length of Study / Training
6.0 - 7.0 years
Licence and certification
In New Brunswick, Speech-Language Pathologists are required to hold a certificate of registration with the New Brunswick Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists and pass the national certification exam.
Helpful High School Courses
- Second Language
Employment and Common Working Conditions
Speech Language Pathologists work in a variety of settings, such as:
- Community Care Centres
- Rehabilitation Centres
Speech-Language Pathologists generally work standard weekday office hours. They may be required to travel to various locations.
Employment Prospects - GOOD
With the aging population, employment opportunities in this field are expected to remain good.