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Things to Consider when Becoming a Speech Therapist in Indiana

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a speech therapist in the state of Indiana, then you should be aware that this is not an easy field to enter into. Not only does a successful career as a speech therapist require years of educational training, the meeting of licensing requirements, and national testing, but it is, quite simply, not for everyone. Those who enjoy success in the field tend to be bright, hard working, dedicated, patient, good communicators, good listeners, and above all, fully committed to becoming speech therapists.

As mentioned above, becoming a speech therapist requires quite a bit of formal education. In order to work and be licensed in the field, you must have at least a master's degree in a related area. Before you can obtain a master's degree, you must also obtain a bachelor's degree. Thus, this usually equates to around six years of schooling or more. Even after obtaining licensure and working in the field, speech therapists will be required to complete continuing education and to keep their licensures up to date. As such, a successful speech therapist will be committed to and, more importantly, will enjoy being a lifelong learner.

If, after reading all of this, you are still committed to becoming a speech therapist in the state of Indiana, then your next step is to consider what type of work you would like to do. Speech therapists in the state work in a variety of different environments. Some, for example, work in the school system, while others work in or open their own practices, or choose to venture into the school system. If you decide ahead of time where you would like to work, this can help you to focus and tailor your studies and to make it more likely that you will receive a job after completing your education.

Do make sure that you receive all of your education, no matter how minimal, from an accredited college or university. If you plan to seek licensure, make sure any college or university you attend is acceptable by the statewide and national licensing board. Furthermore, any educational program you attend should offer you ample opportunities for licensure and internships and should have a good reputation of turning out program graduates who successfully work in the field. When attending a local college or university, make sure its program has a good reputation in the general town and/or community.

When your education and licensure are complete, the true testing of whether or not this field is right for you will begin. As you start work in the field, do not be afraid to explore all of your options. As mentioned above, you can work as a speech therapist in many different capacities and environments, and there is no shame in taking some time to find the right fit for you. Above all, it is important that you are happy in your work and that you are able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.