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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

48 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#84 in Popularity
$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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 76
Bachelor’s Degree 48
Basic Certificate 30
Undergraduate Certificate 21

What Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to speech-language pathology assistant and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

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

When studying speech-language pathology assistant, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a speech-language pathology assistant student include the following:

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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 a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant?

48 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
100% Percent Women
81% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 37
White 9
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to speech-language pathology assistant is $39,110. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for speech-language pathology assistant careers below.

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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 2018-2019 academic year, 14 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) 4 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 8 5
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 4 2
Master’s Degree 0 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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Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,605
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Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 803
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 392
Anesthesiologist Assistant 307
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Lactation Consultant 20
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 4

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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