Speech pathology involves the study and management of disorders related to communication, feeding and swallowing. People who have difficulty communicating clearly through speech, as well as those who have difficulty eating or swallowing normally, can be assisted by speech pathology professionals. These people might be affected by conditions such as autism, stroke, injury, speech impediment, cleft palate, or developmental difficulties. Speech pathology courses prepare students to work in a range of settings, from hospitals and specialist centres to community health centres and schools. If you are patient, dedicated and passionate about helping improve people’s quality of life, you might be well suited to a career in speech pathology.