There’s money in being a therapist, that’s for sure, particularly for those that specialize. However, looking for the best paying job isn’t the only way a job seeker should choose the place in which to spend his/her career. For instance, speech pathology positions are held in such a wide variety of situations that no two jobs are the same. They can be in a private setting, a classroom, a clinical setting, bedside or chairside. The clients can range in age from small children to adults needing care for swallowing, speech, and other assessments. Not to mention that benefits are frequently provided, like free health, life and medical insurance and retirement. Often prescription benefits are included as well. There’s a tax advantage plan that allows a therapist to receive as much as 15 percent over their regular take-home pay each month. Meals and incidentals are also covered on the tax advantage plan.
Benefits can Vary in Therapy Positions
Most places carry insurance for professional accountability for the entire setting, so the SLP would be covered, too. Medical malpractice, professional liability and worker’s compensation are staples that most therapists are provided.
For traveling SLPs, furnished housing is sometimes provided. Occasionally these positions are in great coastal towns or big cities, and with great pay a traveling SLP can take a series of part-time and semi-permanent positions and see the world.
A speech-language pathologist can easily snag positions at public and private schools, which are really the best. There’s a three month vacation after a nine month year with holidays and in-service days off, and all the aforementioned benefits.
What makes a job a good job can vary from person to person, but it’s lucky to have a satisfying profession that allows a flexible schedule and good pay.