Newly qualified speech-language therapists usually find work within a year of finishing study.
Experienced speech-language therapists have a good chance of finding work.
Fixed-term speech-language therapy work is often available.
According to the Census, 942 speech-language therapists worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Demand for speech-language therapists steady
Demand for speech-language therapists is steady because:
- New Zealand's ageing population means that speech-language therapists are needed to help older patients, such as stroke victims, to recover speech and language functions
- more private practices are opening to help school children and new entrants who cannot be treated through the public health service.
Speech-language therapist appears on Immigration New Zealand's Green List. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled speech-language therapists from overseas to work in New Zealand.
Most speech-language therapists employed by government agencies
Most speech-language therapists work for the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Health. Other employers include:
- private speech-language therapy practices
- charitable trusts