Learn about the types of people who become speech language pathologists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


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Employment Type Mix, 2022

83% of speech language pathologists work in full-time roles while 17% work part-time.

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Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a speech language pathologist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming speech language pathologists at a ratio of 1.75 to 1.

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Actual Gender Mix, 2022

95% of speech language pathologists are female and 5% are male.

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Gender Bias, 2022

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a speech language pathologist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a speech language pathologist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a speech language pathologist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.

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Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of speech language pathologists are White, making up 67% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Black or African American, making up 10% and 7% respectively.