Speech Pathologist

Speech Therapist

Minimum B.Sc. in Speech Therapy/BASLP

Not required

The tasks a Speech Pathologist is expected to perform include:

Specializing in diagnosis and treatment of speech and language problems

Engaging in the scientific study of human communication

Diagnosing and evaluating speech and language skills as related to educational, medical, social and psychological factors

Planning, directing and conducting rehabilitative treatment programmes to restore communicative efficiency of individuals who have communication problems of organic and non-organic etiology

Providing counselling, guidance and language development therapy to handicapped individuals

Administering, scoring and interpreting specialized hearing and speech tests

Developing and implementing individualized plans for assigned clients to meet individual needs, interests and abilities

Evaluating and monitoring individuals using audio-visual equipment, such as tape recorders, overhead projectors, filmstrips and demonstrative materials

Reviewing treatment plans and assessing the performance to modify, change or write new programmes

Attending meetings and conferences to participate in other activities to promote professional growth

Instructing individuals to monitor their own speech, and then provide ways to practice new skills

Acting as consultant to educational, medical and other professional groups

Conducting research to develop diagnostic and remedial techniques

Teaching manual sign language to students who are incapable of speaking

Instructing staff about the use of special equipment designed to serve handicapped persons

Skilled in undertaking patient assessments

Proficient in planning and providing appropriate treatment

Efficient in giving advice and support to patients, family members and teachers

Skilled in liaising with doctors, physiotherapists, teachers, family members and caregivers

Proficient in performing controlled therapy sessions with individuals, groups and/or families

Skilled in using speech related computer applications

Not required


Ability to work independently

Good communication skills





Strong interpersonal skills

It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option maybe available

Working hours

Hospitals/clinics usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from hospital to hospital

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc., if not taken care of

For freshers INR 12,000 to INR 15,000 per monthFor candidates with experience - INR 20,000 to INR 30,000 per month (These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Healthcare Industry in India

The Indian Brand Equity Foundation in their report on the Healthcare sector of India has stated that healthcare has become one of India's largest sectors - both in terms of revenue and employment. The industry comprises of hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism, health insurance and medical equipment.

The Indian healthcare industry is growing at a tremendous pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players. The outlook for the Indian healthcare industry looks positive owing to high growth rate in almost all its segments, whether its primary healthcare, secondary and tertiary healthcare, medical equipment, diagnostics, health insurance or medical tourism. The ever growing population, increasing government expenditure on health and growing per capita income will increase the size of this industry in the years to come. Per capita income is expected to increase at a CAGR of 5.7% over 2012-18. Rising incomes mean a steady growth in the ability to access healthcare and related services.

Considering all these aspects, it is safe to say that the job demand for a Speech Pathologist is likely to increase in the coming years.

Government and private hospitals

Health centres


Nursing homes

Cities and towns across India