Speech & Language Therapy

Speech & Language Therapy is about training to be a speech-language therapist.

A speech-language therapist helps people with speech and language difficulties that interfere with their ability to communicate.

Studying in this area involves learning about the physical and biological mechanisms associated with speaking, as well as linguistics and language development, acoustics and perception.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • Private-practice speech-language therapist
  • Hospital speech-language therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

143% of national
median earnings


Employment

64%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
24%
Further study
11%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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