Git ‘er done: Factors impacting perception of caseload manageability

In a recent LSHSS article by Lauren Katz, et al, “What makes a caseload (un)manageable? School-based speech-language pathologists speak” (complete citation follows below), the authors examined variables that contribute to a clinician’s perception of her ability to enjoy a job well-done.

Through an extensive literature search, the authors uncovered a few demographic variables for predicting job satisfaction including:

  • the SLP’s highest degree achieved (the higher the better),
  • gender (females over males), and
  • years of experience (the more years the better).

The most important job-setting characteristics for predicting job satisfaction included:

  • caseload size (in favor of smaller caseloads),
  • geographic setting (in favor of suburban settings),
  • permanent status (vs. itinerant status),
  • number of students served per day (in favor of serving fewer students), and
  • age level served (in favor of elementary schools).

Finally, the job characteristics most important for predicting job satisfaction included

  • having friendly coworkers
  • having enough time to get the job done, and
  • working with a friendly supervisor.

Survey respondents to the authors’ questionnaire reported an average caseload of 49 students, with 60% of the participants finding caseloads of 41-50 students unmanageable.

How does this compare with your experience? We invite your comments!


Katz LA, Maag A, Fallon KA, Blenkarn K, Smith MK. (2010). What makes a caseload (un)manageable? School-based speech-language pathologists speak. Language Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, 41(2), 139-151.

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