Speech-Language Pathologist

Enabling communication and expression

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work with adults, seniors and children.

They help clients improve communication by developing skills for listening and comprehension, expressing thoughts and feelings, social skills, pronunciation of speech sounds, use of the voice, fluency, and cognitive communication, as well as providing intervention for clients with feeding and swallowing difficulties.

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$43.38 to $61.62 per hour

Other benefits


Master’s degree in speech language pathology


  • Use a variety of assessments to identify an array of communication and other related disorders
  • Design programs, exercises, and interventions to help improve speech, communication, feeding, and swallowing
  • Developing alternate means of communication for non-verbal clients using technology
  • Provide strategies and training to clients and caregivers
  • Make appropriate referrals to other agencies and professionals as required

Work Collaboratively

  • Work directly with clients and families
  • Be part of an interprofessional team including: speech-language pathologists, therapists, therapy assistants, technologists, nurses, and physicians
  • Work at a variety of health and community facilities, including hospitals, clinics, schools and in clients’ homes

Make a Difference

  • Help clients improve speech and communication skills
  • Assist patients in navigating or resolving feeding and swallowing issues
  • Helping people, including non-verbal people communicate with others and express themselves
  • Improve patients’ quality of life

Grow Your Career

  • Explore and specialize in different career opportunities, such as: acute care, specific medical-based concerns, and working within a community setting
  • Additional training/education
  • Teaching, coaching, or mentoring other healthcare professionals
  • Healthcare leadership and management
  • Health system administration

Additional Information

To learn more about a career as an speech language pathologist in our province visit Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS).