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Are there any speech pathologists here?

I’ve been out of the workforce for a long time now (SAHM) but I’m considering going back to Uni to start on a new career path.
What are the pros and cons for a career in speech pathology? Are you happy in your job?

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I'm not but a friend of mine is. She has found it very difficult to get clients in a a private practice. She did do the school circuit which she found very rewarding but b cause of how much her business charges, people would rather wait to go through the public system she has a lot of free time on her hands

 So she can always get a job in the public system. Child devt centre hospital aged care facilities not my for profit agencies ndis funded services it's n
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 Cont...it's not all private practise
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 This op asked for pros and cons, I'm giving her some.
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 Yeah but u made it sound like there's not much demand for service and there is!
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 In her business there isn't. Jesus get over yourself.
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 Just so you know I'm a trained speech pathologist and also a trained occupational therapist! So i actually know what I'm talking about here as I'm in the field and you just have a friend so perhaps you shd get over yourself rather than dish out information u dont really have that might put this person off of pursuing a really fulfilling and rewarding career with plenty of job opportunities especially with our ageing population, the degree of dementia diagnosed with advancing age and the comorbidity of dysphagia that unfortunately coincides. Not to mention ndis overhaul entitling ppl to allied health input. Your friend chose to go into private business and obviously needs to market her business a bit better as there is a lot of work to be had and ppl will pay private fees, use enhanced primary care program from gp, private health insurance or ndis or other funding for her business!!! U also only pointed out private practise and I was trying to say there are heaps of other fields!
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 BECAUSE PRIVATE PRACTICE IS WHERE SHE IS WORKING. WHY WOULD I COMMENT ON ANY OTHER ASPECT WHEN I DONT KNOW? HONESTLY LOVE F**K RIGHT OFF. YOU COULD HAVE WROTE YOUR OWN REPLY, THE OP WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED THAT ALOT MORE OVER YOUR CONDESENDING BEHAVIOUR. ALSO YOUR INFORMATION MIGHT BE SPOT ON AND GOOD FOR YOU, HERE IS AN APPLAUSE FOR BEING A FU****G PAIN IN THE A*S 👏👏👏
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 Do they not encourage punctuation use in ST and OT school any more? Sweet Jasus that was hard to read. Use it, if you want your posts read.
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 No funnily enough they teach speech pathology and occupational therapy skills instead! To the 'all caps' lady Seriously don't know why you've reacted the way you have when I've just added extra information to what you offered and you took immediate offense.
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 Hmmmm nope obviously grammar and spelling are not prerequisites for uni. Maybe caps lady is yelling because you are as equally rude in your responses as she is.
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 To the original poster of this question I hope I've given u some idea of areas speechies work in I didn't want you to think it's all private practise and hard to get business. I've 2 good friends in private business who have done very well for themselves so that can be a rewarding path in itself (Just expensive to set up) but there are many fields and demand for speechies. It's a very rewarding career. Another area of growth I forgot to mention is doing autism assessments as there needs to be a paediatrician speechie and psychologist to assess. You will definitely have work and I'm sure you will love it. Best of luck and sorry this post has turned nasty some ppl obviously didn't appreciate any extra information to what they had to offer silly me.
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 Why do you expect anyone to listen when you say ‘you should get over yourself’? It’s unhelpful, it’s rude and even if you have something of use to add it’s not going to be heard. Surely as a person who helps people communicate, you know this!
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 You guys need a 🍆
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 OT and ST person, how can you dis this response? She specifically said her friend has a private practice. I’ve used a private ST before. I know how expensive they are. So it’s no surprise she isn’t busy. I would take this response as a private practice is probably not going to be very lucrative. I also know what the waiting lists in public are like, and that is due to short staffing in many cases so she would likely have a good chance of employment in the public sector. Particularly in regional centres. Perhaps you are the one who should get over herself?
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 Haha the reason I said I actually know what I'm saying so maybe you should get over yourself was in response to the previous comment of Jaysus get over yourself which was directed at me. In all my responses I haven't been rude at all and that is the one sassy comment which yes I did feel entitled to make. Thank yku
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 And to the person who said I'm dissing her comment this is what I don't get I never dissed just added the information of other areas speechies work in to her comment and pointed out she is implying there is not demand for business when there is I didn't want the poster to be put off. Don't know why you think I'm being so rude and dissy maybe this page has gotten so bitchy that all comments are now read with attitude and meanness implied.
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 ‘you should over yourself’. Totally a dis!
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 After she wrote Jaysus get over yourself!!! I did respond in my comment maybe you should get over yourself that is the one comment that could be seen as rude but hey a girl can be assertive and stand up for herself and I was trying to make the point that I'm not just adding crap I do know first hand and nothing else has been rude but hey other commenters go ahead and use caps, yell at me, swear and tell me to f off and make sure to point out any spelling and grammar mistakes and imply I wasn't smart enough to get into my degrees as don't have spelling and grammar skills and tell me off for saying get over yourself even tho it was already levelled at me with a Jaysus added and was clearly in response. Yes of course I'm the rude one. Well that's me done what a waste of time. Apologies to the poster again and good luck with your decision
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 You really feel the need to be right don’t you. Holy crap.
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 ‘You just have a friend so you should get over yourself’

Nice try at backtracking though 😏

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 'In her business there isn't. Jesus get over yourself '. Read that comment first ladies. The other commenter clearly levelled that at me first! And I responded in kind. Sorry no one is clearly intelligent enough to see she started this and was rude not me lol! Perhaps you should all be referred to me for cognitive and intelligence testing lol
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 Lady you were rude first and I agree with another commenter you about you always wanting to be right.
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 I said get over yourself because read how you came across in your first responses. You just kept going with your point of view and then later on got on your I'm a speech pathologist horse. You could have just written your own post with your own experience of pros and cons that the op was asking for instead of coming across as all high and mighty about my friends situation and how she needs to do better business and how she can change her work and on and on you went. Can you understand now why I said it? I really hope you do.
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 ^^ That comment is irrelevant. Clearly you were addressing the OP of this response as you specifically said her information was wrong.

Also, once you start throwing insults (eg questioning the intelligence of other responders ) you really have no argument and everything you have to say is null and void.

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Have you thought about occupational therapy?

 Are you an ot? If so I swear I know you. You have commented on a few threads and I have been certain it's you. Do you live in Townsville?
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 Weird response there are thousands of ots on Australia fyi not just one living in Townsville
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 I’m in Adelaide.
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OP Yes, that was another option I was considering so I’d love to hear any feedback or advice you have regarding becoming an OT.
I was leaning more towards speech therapy because I enjoyed linguistics at Uni.

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OP here: I’ve had some family issues to deal with since posting my question so I haven’t had a chance to read this thread until now.
Thank you for all of your feedback. Obviously there was a bit of a disagreement regarding the tone/language of some of the answers but I do appreciate the intent of the commenters and I am interested in hearing all perspectives.