What about speech and language therapy?
What is it?
Why speech and language therapy?
It's a rewarding career where you get to help people everyday.
You can choose to work with children or adults.
You could help rehabilitate people after illness or disease.
Your work will really change the lives of the people you help.
What do you do?
Here’s a few of the things you could get up to on a speech and language therapy course.
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Where do speech and language therapists work?
schools and nurseries
higher education (lecturing and research)
young oﬀenders’ institutions
community health centres
Things you didn’t know about speech and language therapy
It’s not all about talking.
Communication and making connections.
We work with trans and non-binary people.
You can work in all kinds of places.
There are around 17,000 SLTs in the UK working in a range of settings (Source: rcslt).
You get paid to go to uni
Speech and Language Therapy students studying for a degree receive at least £5,000 a year, which they don’t need to pay back.
As a newly qualified SLT in the NHS your starting salary is likely to be £24,907, rising up the pay scale to £30,615. Highly specialised SLTs can earn up to £44,503 (prospects.ac.uk).
Good work/life balance
If you work in the NHS as a SLT you will typically work 37.5 hours a week (prospects.ac.uk).
Around 2.5 million people in the UK have a speech or language difficulty (communicationmatters.org.uk)
Nearly 20% of the population may experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives. (Source: rcslt)
One-third of stroke survivors experience aphasia (a language disorder caused by brain injury).
20% of people with head or brain injury have speech difficulties.
7% of children aged about five years have specific speech and language impairment and a further 1.8% have communication difficulties linked to other conditions.
Information correct at time of publication: September 2022.