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SPEECH PATHOLOGIST STUDENT, IN-DEPTH: Everyone Has A Voice

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Diem gives insight into her experience when she went to Vietnam that eventually led her to study Speech Pathology. She talks about her work life balance, her career decisions and how she will be guaranteed a job after finishing up her degree.

School: San Francisco State University
Degree: Speech Pathology
Job Title: Speech Pathology Student

Job Summary: Speech-Language Pathologists

Job Description

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders in patients.

Speech-language pathologists work with patients who have problems with speech, such as being unable to speak at all or speaking with difficulty, or with rhythm and fluency, such as stuttering. They may work with those who are unable to understand language or with people who have voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or a harsh voice.

Speech-language pathologists must also do various administrative tasks, including keeping good records. They record their initial patient evaluations and diagnoses, treatment progress, any changes in a patient’s condition or treatment plan, and, eventually, their final evaluation when the patient finishes the therapy.

Some speech-language pathologists specialize in working with specific age groups, such as children or the elderly. Others focus on treatment programs for specific communication or swallowing problems, such as those resulting from strokes or cleft palate.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Speech-language pathologists can earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Certification satisfies some or all of the requirements for licensure and may be required by some employers. Speech-language pathologists must be licensed in almost all states.

Certification Requirement
Speech-language pathologists have the option of earning the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$40,000 - $105,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 26 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Master's degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Communication
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m='18380'>that,</span> <span m='18770'>hey.</span> <span m='19310'>It's</span> <span m='19580'>OK.</span> <span m='19840'>Let's just</span> <span m='20800'>calm</span> <span m='21070'>down,</span> <span m='21480'>talk</span> <span m='21805'>a</span> <span m='22130'>little</span> <span m='22300'>slower</span> <span m='23290'>and</span> <span m='23810'>be</span> <span m='25630'>OK</span> <span m='25910'>with</span> <span m='26050'>yourself</span> <span m='26450'>just</span> <span m='26680'>being</span> <span m='26960'>able</span> <span m='27180'>to</span> <span m='28546'>be</span> <span m='29040'>comfortable</span> <span m='29550'>speaking</span> <span m='30420'>in</span> <span m='30550'>your</span> <span m='31640'>tone</span> <span m='31780'>until</span> <span m='32070'>later.</span> <span m='32520'>Maybe</span> <span m='32870'>you'll</span> <span m='33180'>have it</span> <span m='33370'>be more</span> <span m='33870'>frequent when you're</span> <span m='34370'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='34685'>talking.</span> </p><p><span m='35000'>I</span> <span m='35390'>honestly</span> <span m='36460'>don't</span> <span m='36760'>dislike</span> <span m='37330'>anything</span> <span m='37740'>about</span> <span m='38140'>being</span> <span m='38450'>a speech</span> <span m='38570'>pathologist.</span> <span m='39140'>It's</span> <span m='39340'>just</span> <span m='39580'>basically</span> <span m='40200'>behavior</span> <span m='40830'>issues.</span> <span m='41520'>But other</span> <span m='42012'>than that,</span> <span m='43490'>I</span> <span m='43610'>love</span> <span m='43920'>it too</span> <span m='44260'>much</span> <span m='44530'>to</span> <span m='44730'>hate</span> <span m='44960'>it,</span> <span m='45070'>actually.</span> </p><p><span m='46230'>The real</span> <span m='46320'>reason</span> <span m='46880'>why</span> <span m='47040'>I</span> <span m='47320'>pursued</span> <span m='47600'>my</span> <span m='47720'>career</span> <span m='48210'>was</span> <span m='49670'>what</span> <span m='49890'>happened</span> <span m='50270'>when</span> <span m='50410'>I</span> <span m='50460'>was</span> <span m='50630'>in</span> <span m='50680'>Vietnam</span> <span m='50980'>volunteering.</span> <span m='52440'>That</span> <span m='52670'>was</span> <span m='52900'>actually</span> <span m='53290'>the</span> <span m='53390'>real</span> <span m='53590'>spark.</span> <span m='54170'>There</span> <span m='54390'>was</span> <span m='54520'>this</span> <span m='54690'>girl.</span> <span m='55950'>She</span> <span m='56160'>was</span> <span m='56380'>roughly</span> <span m='56790'>around</span> <span m='57360'>seven</span> <span m='57610'>years</span> <span m='57860'>old.</span> <span m='58750'>Because</span> <span m='59200'>she</span> <span m='59650'>was</span> <span m='60100'>born</span> <span m='61000'>with</span> <span m='62586'>a</span> <span m='62970'>stroke--</span> <span m='63642'>she</span> <span m='63980'>actually</span> <span m='64110'>was</span> <span m='64260'>born,</span> <span m='64650'>and then</span> <span m='64780'>she had a</span> <span m='65060'>stroke.</span> <span m='65340'>Half her</span> <span m='65680'>brain was</span> <span m='66090'>gone.</span> <span m='67180'>And</span> <span m='67350'>from</span> <span m='67540'>there,</span> <span m='68130'>she</span> <span m='68900'>stated</span> <span m='69230'>that</span> <span m='69370'>she</span> <span m='69630'>doesn't</span> <span m='69880'>know</span> <span m='70030'>anything.</span> <span m='70290'>She can't</span> <span m='70540'>go</span> <span m='70660'>to</span> <span m='70740'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='71760'>And</span> <span m='72060'>I</span> <span m='72090'>was</span> <span m='72240'>talking</span> <span m='72570'>to</span> <span m='72690'>the</span> <span m='73530'>speech</span> <span m='73930'>pathologist</span> <span m='74550'>at</span> <span m='74640'>the</span> <span m='74740'>time</span> <span m='75040'>said,</span> <span m='75190'>this girl</span> <span m='75620'>knows</span> <span m='75870'>what</span> <span m='75980'>she's</span> <span m='76130'>talking</span> <span m='76410'>about.</span> <span m='76730'>She's</span> <span m='76880'>aware</span> <span m='77310'>what</span> <span m='77640'>everything</span> <span m='77970'>was.</span> <span m='78710'>Because</span> <span m='79000'>she</span> <span m='79110'>was</span> <span m='79260'>German,</span> <span m='79750'>coming</span> <span m='80020'>over</span> <span m='80250'>she only</span> <span m='80480'>spoke</span> <span m='80760'>English.</span> <span m='81620'>I</span> <span m='81750'>came</span> <span m='81930'>over</span> <span m='82050'>there</span> <span m='82370'>because</span> <span m='82720'>I knew</span> <span m='83100'>how to</span> <span m='83280'>speak</span> <span m='83520'>Vietnamese</span> <span m='83560'>fluently.</span> <span m='84470'>So when</span> <span m='84740'>I</span> <span m='84990'>came</span> <span m='85340'>there,</span> <span m='85610'>I was</span> <span m='85670'>like,</span> <span m='85925'>hey,</span> <span m='86660'>what</span> <span m='86790'>is</span> <span m='86930'>this</span> <span m='87100'>object,</span> <span m='87830'>in</span> <span m='88235'>Vietnamese.</span> <span m='89260'>I was</span> <span m='89410'>like,</span> <span m='89590'>do you</span> <span m='89860'>know</span> <span m='90125'>which</span> <span m='90390'>one's</span> <span m='90600'>the</span> <span m='90730'>red</span> <span m='90980'>ball?</span> <span m='91990'>She</span> <span m='92190'>pointed</span> <span m='92620'>to</span> <span m='92760'>the</span> <span m='92950'>right</span> <span m='93410'>correct,</span> <span m='94240'>corresponding</span> <span m='94830'>card</span> <span m='95170'>that</span> <span m='95440'>said</span> <span m='95530'>the red</span> <span m='95740'>ball</span> <span m='96210'>versus</span> <span m='96550'>the green</span> <span m='96930'>ball.</span> <span m='97380'>And every</span> <span m='97600'>single</span> <span m='97860'>time</span> <span m='98030'>she</span> <span m='98150'>had</span> <span m='98300'>a</span> <span m='98360'>trial,</span> <span m='98830'>she knew</span> <span m='99180'>what</span> <span m='99310'>the</span> <span m='99370'>object</span> <span m='99710'>was</span> <span m='99950'>and what</span> <span m='100400'>the color</span> <span m='100710'>was.</span> </p><p><span m='101510'>So from</span> <span m='101610'>there,</span> <span m='101780'>you</span> <span m='102050'>knew</span> <span m='102380'>the</span> <span m='102500'>child</span> <span m='103500'>knew</span> <span m='103990'>what</span> <span m='104530'>was</span> <span m='105095'>presented</span> <span m='105410'>to her.</span> <span m='105520'>So she</span> <span m='105790'>could</span> <span m='106160'>go</span> <span m='106300'>to</span> <span m='106500'>school.</span> <span m='107110'>From</span> <span m='107290'>there,</span> <span m='108340'>after</span> <span m='108660'>a</span> <span m='108710'>couple</span> <span m='108940'>months</span> <span m='109320'>of</span> <span m='109940'>negotiating</span> <span m='110235'>with</span> <span m='110530'>orphanage,</span> <span m='110980'>she</span> <span m='111320'>was</span> <span m='111480'>able</span> <span m='111710'>to</span> <span m='111780'>go</span> <span m='111870'>to school.</span> </p><p><span m='112735'>And</span> <span m='113170'>I</span> <span m='113190'>thought</span> <span m='113600'>that</span> <span m='113880'>was</span> <span m='114050'>the</span> <span m='114340'>real</span> <span m='114500'>reason.</span> <span m='115400'>Hey,</span> <span m='115460'>I helped</span> <span m='115620'>this girl</span> <span m='115970'>communicate</span> <span m='116380'>even though</span> <span m='116730'>everyone</span> <span m='117080'>didn't</span> <span m='117497'>think she</span> <span m='117914'>could.</span> <span m='118750'>It's</span> <span m='119040'>kind</span> <span m='119240'>of</span> <span m='119330'>the</span> <span m='119450'>point</span> <span m='119720'>where</span> <span m='119860'>I</span> <span m='119910'>want</span> <span m='120590'>every</span> <span m='120840'>child or</span> <span m='121320'>every</span> <span m='121560'>person</span> <span m='121860'>I</span> <span m='121920'>meet when</span> <span m='122290'>I</span> <span m='122470'>work</span> <span m='123120'>as</span> <span m='123380'>a speech</span> <span m='123510'>pathologist--</span> <span m='124310'>hey,</span> <span m='124660'>I have a</span> <span m='124840'>voice.</span> <span m='125800'>It doesn't</span> <span m='125920'>necessarily--</span> <span m='126670'>it's</span> <span m='126850'>the</span> <span m='126920'>same</span> <span m='127140'>as</span> <span m='127572'>me and you.</span> <span m='128436'>Hey,</span> <span m='128868'>I can</span> <span m='129300'>communicate.</span> <span m='130410'>And</span> <span m='130590'>that's</span> <span m='131150'>the</span> <span m='131230'>real</span> <span m='131400'>reason</span> <span m='131720'>why</span> <span m='131930'>I</span> <span m='132160'>love</span> <span m='132500'>the</span> <span m='132590'>path</span> <span m='133110'>I</span> <span m='133200'>came</span> <span m='133455'>to</span> <span m='134190'>and</span> <span m='134970'>wouldn't</span> <span m='135180'>regret</span> <span m='135770'>anything</span> <span m='137216'>further.</span> </p><p><span m='138310'>Right</span> <span m='138580'>now,</span> <span m='138950'>there's</span> <span m='139320'>a</span> <span m='139470'>big</span> <span m='140110'>demand</span> <span m='141230'>because</span> <span m='141560'>either</span> <span m='141930'>you</span> <span m='142090'>can</span> <span m='142260'>take</span> <span m='142530'>it</span> <span m='143550'>different</span> <span m='143800'>ways.</span> <span m='144180'>You can</span> <span m='144320'>either</span> <span m='144720'>become</span> <span m='144980'>a</span> <span m='145040'>speech</span> <span m='145220'>pathologist</span> <span m='145495'>or</span> <span m='145770'>a</span> <span m='145830'>speech</span> <span m='146230'>therapist</span> <span m='146680'>at</span> <span m='146780'>a</span> <span m='146920'>school,</span> <span m='147530'>go</span> <span m='147850'>to a</span> <span m='148170'>hospital,</span> <span m='149610'>or</span> <span m='151060'>become</span> <span m='151330'>a</span> <span m='151390'>private</span> <span m='151580'>practice.</span> <span m='152400'>So</span> <span m='152750'>either</span> <span m='153040'>way</span> <span m='153540'>I</span> <span m='153690'>will</span> <span m='153850'>have</span> <span m='154050'>a</span> <span m='154120'>job,</span> <span m='155290'>no</span> <span m='155380'>matter</span> <span m='155880'>when</span> <span m='156020'>I</span> <span m='156060'>graduate.</span> <span m='156690'>So</span> <span m='156990'>I'm</span> <span m='157130'>kind of</span> <span m='157290'>happy on</span> <span m='157600'>that part.</span> </p><p><span m='158600'>I</span> <span m='158740'>work</span> <span m='159050'>40</span> <span m='159290'>hours</span> <span m='160120'>a</span> <span m='160190'>week.</span> <span m='160790'>I</span> <span m='161150'>go</span> <span m='161270'>to</span> <span m='161380'>school</span> <span m='161820'>full</span> <span m='162040'>time,</span> <span m='162500'>12</span> <span m='162900'>units.</span> <span m='163980'>I</span> <span m='164180'>balance</span> <span m='164920'>everything</span> <span m='165340'>pretty</span> <span m='165620'>well</span> <span m='166000'>whereas</span> <span m='166820'>I</span> <span m='167230'>state at</span> <span m='167710'>my</span> <span m='167780'>current</span> <span m='168150'>job</span> <span m='169370'>what</span> <span m='169630'>days</span> <span m='170060'>I'm</span> <span m='170590'>off</span> <span m='171330'>and</span> <span m='171840'>what days</span> <span m='172620'>that</span> <span m='172930'>I</span> <span m='173160'>can</span> <span m='173530'>work.</span> <span m='174180'>So</span> <span m='174300'>I</span> <span m='174410'>have</span> <span m='174580'>a</span> <span m='174650'>perfect</span> <span m='174980'>balance.</span> </p><p><span m='175670'>So I</span> <span m='175730'>have</span> <span m='175920'>a</span> <span m='175970'>balance</span> <span m='176370'>of going to</span> <span m='176710'>sleep,</span> <span m='177490'>being</span> <span m='178000'>able</span> <span m='178300'>to</span> <span m='178480'>function</span> <span m='179010'>without</span> <span m='180260'>doing</span> <span m='180570'>all</span> <span m='180830'>that</span> <span m='181220'>and</span> <span m='181660'>not</span> <span m='182530'>being</span> <span m='182690'>productive.</span> <span m='183260'>Because</span> <span m='183860'>at the end</span> <span m='184020'>of the</span> <span m='184170'>day,</span> <span m='184390'>I</span> <span m='184530'>want</span> <span m='184700'>to</span> <span m='184750'>follow.</span> <span m='185110'>This</span> <span m='185350'>is my</span> <span m='185470'>passions,</span> <span m='185830'>so</span> <span m='186190'>I</span> <span m='186200'>actually</span> <span m='186520'>really</span> <span m='186770'>want</span> <span m='186910'>to</span> <span m='186950'>retain</span> <span m='187310'>the</span> <span m='187490'>information</span> <span m='188010'>I</span> <span m='188070'>got</span> <span m='188430'>during</span> <span m='188700'>school.</span> <span m='189540'>So</span> <span m='189760'>I</span> <span m='189830'>don't</span> <span m='189930'>want</span> <span m='190070'>to</span> <span m='190110'>be</span> <span m='190250'>like,</span> <span m='190920'>work, work,</span> <span m='191110'>work, work,</span> <span m='191220'>work</span> <span m='191880'>and</span> <span m='192340'>I</span> <span m='192390'>didn't</span> <span m='192690'>retain</span> <span m='192820'>anything.</span> <span m='193140'>It'd be</span> <span m='193460'>kind</span> <span m='193640'>of</span> <span m='193710'>pointless</span> <span m='194010'>in the</span> <span m='194310'>end.</span> </p>","file":{"id":572405,"video_id":"","name":"2868-Diem - IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":195140,"thumbnail_url":null}});