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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

97 Associates's Degrees Annually
25 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#126 in Popularity (Associate's)
$39,110 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many speech-language pathology assistant graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 97
Basic Certificate 40
Undergraduate Certificate 27
Bachelor’s Degree 25

What Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to speech-language pathology assistant were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in speech-language pathology assistant should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Majors

A major in speech-language pathology assistant prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Majors

As you progress with your speech-language pathology assistant degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with speech-language pathology assistant:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants 11.7% $37,830

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant?

97 Associate's Degrees Annually
96% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 96% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of speech-language pathology assistant majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 17
White 63
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 10

How Much Do Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant majors often go into careers with median salaries of $39,110. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with speech-language pathology assistant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to speech-language pathology assistant have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 22.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 18.2%
Some College Courses 4.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 32.5%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.9%
Master’s Degree 26.8%

Online Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Programs

In the 2020-2021 academic year, 15 schools offered some type of speech-language pathology assistant program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 8 5
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a speech-language pathology assistant grad is $39,110 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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