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Speech Therapy Careers in Iowa

If you live in the state of Iowa and possess the right combination of education, experience, and licensure, you can have basically any career that you desire in the speech therapy field. For highly trained professionals, there are so many different options available that it's possible to switch careers on a monthly basis for several years! Of course, you won't want to do this, as longevity and reliability are important resume factors, but it's nice to know that there are so many options out there. In fact, many people choose this career path just for the sheer flexibility and fluidity of it. Many jobs will qualify you for other jobs and so on and so on, so that you never have to get bored or have your work grow stale.

Many Iowa speech therapists will work in hospitals or other medical care facilities. There, it is usually their job to diagnose incoming patients, often checking over victims of injuries, accidents, or medical issues for any speech or hearing problems that have developed as a result. Once a problem is diagnosed, the speech therapists working in this capacity will create a "plan of action" for the particular patient. They will then work with that patient until he or she is released from the hospital and can pursue other, more long term treatment. Many speech therapists will even recommend options for future treatment.

Of course, many speech therapists enjoy having longer term relationships with their patients. For these individuals, working in a private speech therapy practice or opening their own practices is ideal. This environment allows speech therapists to work directly with patients and to develop and implement plans to help them improve their speech and/or hearing and to cope with their personal difficulties. This is the capacity in which most Iowa speech therapists work, but it is not for everyone.

Many speech therapists, for example, prefer to work in the school system. There, they will help students to overcome their speech and hearing problems if possible and/or to learn better in the classroom in spite of their own personal challenges. Some speech therapists working in this capacity will create specialize curriculum or learning plans for impaired students, and many will work directly with classroom teachers to help them to help and to teach these special needs students in a way that works for both student and teacher.

No matter where you choose to work, know that you will need at least a master's degree and that, most importantly, you will need to enjoy the work that you do. Being a speech therapist is incredibly emotionally demanding and, as such, you must take pride and satisfaction in your work in order to keep from getting burnt out. The best way to avoid this is to spend a lot of time studying the field before entering into it and, of course, to explore all of your career options before you enter into one particular job. Also remember that you can always move on to another position in the field if necessary.