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Speech Therapist/Logopadie Jobs in Switzerland

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I hope someone can give me some advice! I am a EU citizen currently living and working in South Africa, I obtained my degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology here. However, we would like to relocate to Switzerland.


Does anyone know if there are jobs for English speaking speech therapists/audiologists?



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Old 24.09.2020, 13:20
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I've no idea about jobs.. But there seems to be a shortage..

One of our kids goes and when the teacher was leaving/retiring/changing job whatever.. It was a struggle to find somebody else within a reasonable drive who was taking on new work.

Seems to be mostly one or two person operations.. So maybe the answer is to be independent.. Assuming qualifications etc.



Edit .. Sorry I never noticed the english speaking part, our kids goes to be better at French.. But most still applies.
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I've no idea about jobs.. But there seems to be a shortage..

One of our kids goes and when the teacher was leaving/retiring/changing job whatever.. It was a struggle to find somebody else within a reasonable drive who was taking on new work.

Seems to be mostly one or two person operations.. So maybe the answer is to be independent.. Assuming qualifications etc.



Edit .. Sorry I never noticed the english speaking part, our kids goes to be better at French.. But most still applies.

Thank you! I will look into what the regulations are for independent practice. I'm sure there would be expat families looking for English speaking therapists.
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Re: Speech Therapist/Logopadie Jobs in Switzerland

You might want to specify what part of the country you are thinking about. The German speaking and French speaking areas are very different markets for employment and most things.

You should do some research on how the LaMal health insurance system works in CH as this is the payment method used for the help you are proposing. People do not pay privately for these treatments (at least in my personal experience with one child). Do a search on EF as well about having your qualifications (potentially) being recognized here. It can be a complicated and expensive process. In most cases you would also need a B2 level of the language for the area in which you would like to work.
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If you are looking for English speech therapy jobs best to contact the international or bilingual English schools. There is some demand, but please be aware most speech therapy takes place in the local language, I.e. French, german, etc. This is due to how its prescribed and paid/reimbursed by the canton. Each canton a bit different but it is recommended by school or Dr and paid by the canton here, so it's speech therapy in French. The main, perhaps only demand for English speech therapy would come through the English curricula schools. Even then it's typically not covered by canton or insurance so people paying privately will obviously face constraints.
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Hello


I hope someone can give me some advice! I am a EU citizen currently living and working in South Africa, I obtained my degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology here. However, we would like to relocate to Switzerland.


Does anyone know if there are jobs for English speaking speech therapists/audiologists?



Thanks in advance!
First thing would be to get your degree recognised because you won't be able to work here in that field without it I think.

https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/ho...-teaching.html
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You might want to specify what part of the country you are thinking about. The German speaking and French speaking areas are very different markets for employment and most things.

You should do some research on how the LaMal health insurance system works in CH as this is the payment method used for the help you are proposing. People do not pay privately for these treatments (at least in my personal experience with one child). Do a search on EF as well about having your qualifications (potentially) being recognized here. It can be a complicated and expensive process. In most cases you would also need a B2 level of the language for the area in which you would like to work.

Thank you so much, this is very useful information. I would say the German part as I already can speak some German and I am currently learning.


Will definitely do some research on that. Much appreciated!

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If you are looking for English speech therapy jobs best to contact the international or bilingual English schools. There is some demand, but please be aware most speech therapy takes place in the local language, I.e. French, german, etc. This is due to how its prescribed and paid/reimbursed by the canton. Each canton a bit different but it is recommended by school or Dr and paid by the canton here, so it's speech therapy in French. The main, perhaps only demand for English speech therapy would come through the English curricula schools. Even then it's typically not covered by canton or insurance so people paying privately will obviously face constraints.

Thank you, I really appreciate the response. That makes sense. I will try to find some English schools and contact them.

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First thing would be to get your degree recognised because you won't be able to work here in that field without it I think.

https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/ho...-teaching.html

This is very useful! Thank you. Will do.

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Hello


I hope someone can give me some advice! I am a EU citizen currently living and working in South Africa, I obtained my degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology here. However, we would like to relocate to Switzerland.


Does anyone know if there are jobs for English speaking speech therapists/audiologists?



Thanks in advance!

A follow up question to my initial post, I see many responses regarding speech therapy for children and I haven't seen anything about adults. I currently work in a hospital and I work mainly with adults who have speech and swallowing difficulty due to trauma or brain injury. Does anyone know if there are therapists who work in the hospitals doing this kind of thing? It is very different from what a speech therapist would do in a school and I much prefer this kind of work.



Thanks again!

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Old 25.09.2020, 19:15
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...I currently work in a hospital and I work mainly with adults who have speech and swallowing difficulty due to trauma or brain injury. Does anyone know if there are therapists who work in the hospitals doing this kind of thing? It is very different from what a speech therapist would do in a school and I much prefer this kind of work.
If you're looking to work with only English-speaking expats who fit the above profile, I imagine the amount of work could be rather small. About 25% of the population here is non-Swiss, but not all of them would be seeking therapy in English.

If you want to work in a hospital setting and as a medical professional, you'd also need to be fluent enough to handle the paperwork to deal with insurance.

I'm not saying it's impossible. It's good that you're doing your homework now.
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If you're looking to work with only English-speaking expats who fit the above profile, I imagine the amount of work could be rather small. About 25% of the population here is non-Swiss, but not all of them would be seeking therapy in English.

If you want to work in a hospital setting and as a medical professional, you'd also need to be fluent enough to handle the paperwork to deal with insurance.

I'm not saying it's impossible. It's good that you're doing your homework now.

Hi Thanks for your response! I was thinking that I would need to be fluent to work in the kind of position I'm in now. Just wanted to get an idea. I really appreciate all the input.
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First thing would be to get your degree recognised because you won't be able to work here in that field without it I think.

https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/ho...-teaching.html
I think that assumes that OP did her degree in Fench, German or Italian Speech Therapy. They can only recognize degrees that have equivalency here. If OP has C1-C2 in a local language, they may consider it.
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I think that assumes that OP did her degree in Fench, German or Italian Speech Therapy. They can only recognize degrees that have equivalency here. If OP has C1-C2 in a local language, they may consider it.

Thank you for the response!
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Speech therapist and occupational therapist (that's the way we say here reg. your second question) are both regulated professions that need at first an official recognition and if you want to practise on your own, an official authorisation.



Recognition for speech therapist: file:///C:/Users/SUZANN~1/AppData/Local/Temp/Liste_regl_Berufe_D-1.pdf = EDK https://www.edk.ch/dyn/11566.php


Recognition for occupational therapist : Swiss Red Cross: https://www.redcross.ch/de/unsere-ku...ebenssituation


Please note that it can be a long (many months) process until recognition.

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Here the correct link to the list of regulated professions and the responsible body for recognition:



https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/ho...ofessions.html
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Here the correct link to the list of regulated professions and the responsible body for recognition:



https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/ho...ofessions.html

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