Article  |   April 2012
Speech-Language Pathologist Job Satisfaction in School Versus Medical Settings
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Nicole L. Kalkhoff
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Dana R. Collins
    University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Correspondence to Dana R. Collins: drcollin@d.umn.edu
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: Martin Fujiki
    Associate Editor: Martin Fujiki×
Article Information
School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training
Article   |   April 2012
Speech-Language Pathologist Job Satisfaction in School Versus Medical Settings
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 2012, Vol. 43, 164-175. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/11-0007)
History: Received February 14, 2011 , Revised May 31, 2011 , Accepted September 15, 2011
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 2012, Vol. 43, 164-175. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/11-0007)
History: Received February 14, 2011; Revised May 31, 2011; Accepted September 15, 2011

Purpose: The goal of this study was to determine if job satisfaction differs between speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in school settings and SLPs working in medical settings.

Method: The Job Satisfaction Survey (JSS) by Spector (1997)  was sent via electronic mail to 250 SLPs in each of the 2 settings. Job satisfaction scores were computed from subscale category ratings and were compared between the 2 settings. Subscale category ratings for pay, promotion, supervision, benefits, contingent rewards, operating conditions, coworkers, nature of work, and communication were analyzed for differences between and within settings. Age, caseload size, and years-at-position were analyzed by linear regression to determine whether these factors might predict SLPs' job satisfaction.

Results: The survey had a response rate of 19.6% (N = 98 participants). Although SLPs in both settings were generally satisfied with their jobs, SLPs in medical settings had significantly higher total job satisfaction scores. Respondents from both settings had similar satisfaction ratings for subscale categories, with nature of work receiving the highest rating and operating conditions and promotion the lowest. Results of the linear regression analysis for age, caseload size, and years-at-position were not significant.

Conclusion: Further research should evaluate important aspects of job satisfaction in both settings, especially nature of work operating conditions, and promotion.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The authors wish to thank Richard G. Melvin for his comments and statistical advice during preparation of this manuscript.
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