$41.58 to $59.07 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Master’s degree in speech language pathology
preferred, but not required
Speech language pathologists (also known as SLPs) work with adults, seniors and children. They help clients improve communication by developing skills for:
Other responsibilities may include:
In the course of their work, speech language pathologists use a variety of assessments to identify an array of communication and other related disorders. Speech language pathologists provide strategies and training to clients and caregivers and make appropriate referrals to other agencies and professionals as required.
Speech language pathologists have the opportunity to explore different career opportunities, ranging from acute care roles with an emphasis on medically-based concerns to teaching others within a community setting. Work days tend to be varied and interesting and provide an opportunity for continuous learning and relationship building.
Speech language pathologists work at a variety of health and community facilities, including hospitals, clinics, schools and in clients’ homes. Although they may work independently with their clients, speech language pathologists function as part of an interprofessional team that can include other speech language pathologists and assistants, therapists, technologists, physicians and nurses in pursuit of providing the best health care possible to Alberta Health Services patients.
Speech language pathologists may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts.
Speech language pathologists may be on their feet or required to sit for much of their workdays. They may need to lift, bend, kneel and squat during the course of their work. The work of speech language pathologists can also require spending extended periods of time using a computer. As part of their roles, some speech language pathologists may be required to travel within and outside their communities and so in some cases a driver’s license is required.