Did you know that there are approximately as many speech-language pathologists in the United States as there are dentists? A surprising piece of information given the lack of public attention the speech pathology profession receives. The following quote from pathologist Megan Hodge describes why she believes the field of speech therapy is special, “A career in speech-language pathology challenges you to use your intellect (the talents of your mind) in combination with your humanity (the gifts in your heart) to do meaningful work that feeds your soul… I am proud to be a member of what I believe to be the best profession on earth. ” Megan’s strong belief in the nature of the work speech pathologists perform is commonly shared amongst members of the profession.
The rewards of being a speech pathologist are great. The work can be frustrating at times but every day you work to see patients make progress. When a patient is able to regain basic communication and eating skills, their lives become much more normal and enjoyable. It’s also a real privilege to help families make tough decisions about care for loved ones who are no longer able to eat normally.