- Male Considering SLP
- March 24th, 2012
I don't want to post on a topic that may have already been covered extensively, however, I haven't been able to find much on the topic either on the community or Google in general.
I am currently a Junior in my undergrad with a double major in Applied Linguistics and Spanish. I am bilingual in Spanish and am a registered court interpreter in TN. My passion in academics truly is linguistics, particularly psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and cognitive science. My long term goal is to eventually earn my Ph.D and teach and research in these areas. However, I have recently been considering SLP and CSD as a related and more versatile career path. Instead of directly enrolling in a linguistics doctoral program after graduation, I am thinking I am going to apply to a SLP program. I do have a few questions and wanted to solicit some advice. My reasons for pursuing an SLP career are firstly that faculty positions are extremely competitive and hard to come by, especially in such a specialized field as linguistics. Secondly, time is a concern. I don't know if I want to go through another 5 straight years of school. I wont finish my undergrad till I am 23-24 and want to get on with life. My ultimate goal is to hold a Ph.D, however, it is something I could postpone till a little later in life. I don't want to get bogged down in background info, but I feel it is important to give when asking for advice.
My first concern with regards to SLP is that it really is a female dominated profession. I have nothing against this, in fact I welcome it. However, I fear that as a male it would be difficult to find positions. I want to work with adults and stroke/brain trauma victims. I know that most of the positions available are in school settings or with pediatrics, especially so for bilinguals. However, I am intimidated by working with young children. Could you offer any advice on what employment prospects might be for a male in my situation? Would it be hard to find hospital positions working with adults?
Secondly, I am concerned about finances. I will be graduating with about $60 k in debt. I'm not really aiming for a get-rich-quick job. 50K a year average salary is quite sufficient for a single with no kids. However, I don't know what the future hopes and would like to be able to support a family full time. I am not sure if SLP offers that opportunity... What are the salary expectations for jobs working with adults?
Thirdly, what opportunities are there with SLP to incorporate research in the aforementioned areas of interest. Are there any graduate programs that offer a dual degree in SLP and linguistics? Or an SLP masters to linguistics doctorate program? Any advice about the ability to shift from SLP to academic research? Is it feasible to work part-time as an SLP and pursue a Ph.D program part time?
Thanks, sorry for the long post. I have been deep in thought considering all these things and would like to get some advice from real people with real experience. Once again, thanks!