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4 reasons to become an SLP in an outpatient setting


If you’re a Speech and Language Pathologist looking for a change may consider a switch in your professional setting. The drive and compassion you put into every work day can help you feel the job satisfaction you’ve been craving for years.

The opportunity for speech-language pathologists in outpatient settings is booming across the country. Read on to learn why you should consider this career:

1. It’s already a growing career

If you’re interested in pursuing a career that’s projected to explode with job opportunities over the next decade, speech-language pathology is a route worth exploring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunity for speech-language therapists is expected to grow 18 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is a rate that’s faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is expected because there’s a predicted need for care for aging baby boomers, the second-largest generation in the country. That means there will likely be more speech- or language-impaired health conditions to care for, inclining the need for traditional and travel SLPs across the U.S.

2. There’s more than one kind of Outpatient setting

Just like you get to visit different areas of the country, travel SLPs can work in various outpatient clinical settings. Outpatient settings, also known as ambulatory care, refer to any place that doesn’t require or have the capacity for an overnight stay, such as a hospital. Examples of care settings you can take on a travel therapist assignment include the home of the individual you’re caring for, emergency departments, primary care physicians offices, community health clinics, urgent care clinics, specialized outpatient clinics and even pharmacies.

3. Get a diverse clientele

As an SLP, there’s an opportunity to work with a variety of age groups. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, most adults (24 percent) seeking therapy in outpatient settings range between 70 and 79 years old, but if you have a preference, you can also work with teens, young adults and middle-aged individuals. Additionally, pediatric clients seen in outpatient clinics are made up of 18 percent infants, 31 percent pre-school toddlers and 30 percent school-age kids.

4. Broader opportunity to make a positive impact

Outpatient volumes are expected to increase by 15% through 2022, according to Sg2 predictions. With this growth, you’ll make a major impact on people’s lives. Whether you’re helping a child learn non-verbal social cues, assisting a teen in getting rid of stutter or aiding an aging adult who’s having trouble communicating with his or her family, you’ll gain broader experience in a field that is only growing.

If you’re on the fence about pursuing a career as a travel SLP , keep in mind your commitment is traditionally just 3 months (13 weeks) in an outpatient setting. So, no commitment necessary. Want some advice? Visit us here and we’ll answer any question you have.