Speech-Language Pathologists

risk level
Based on 232 votes
by year 2032
or $42.92 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

8% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

User poll

21% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 8% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Speech-Language Pathologists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Speech-Language Pathologists' job openings is expected to rise 21.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Speech-Language Pathologists' was $89,290, or $42 per hour

'Speech-Language Pathologists' were paid 85.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 172,100 people employed as 'Speech-Language Pathologists' within the United States.

This represents around 0.11% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 882 people are employed as 'Speech-Language Pathologists'.

Job description

Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

SOC Code: 29-1127.00


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janedoe (Low) says
requires differential diagnosis and individualized treatment and behavior management
Jun 10, 2024 at 05:14 PM
Keertana (No chance) says
This is profession that requires human touch, compassion and understanding.No matter how hard a robot tries, it can never replace a human therapist. Speech therapy is a therapy used to enable better communication amongst humans and only a human therapist can accomplish that .
Mar 03, 2023 at 10:41 AM
a person (No chance) says
Each patient needs specific care curated to them, there is so much emotional intelligence involved that a robot cannot replicate :)
Feb 09, 2023 at 03:21 AM
Robin (No chance) says
Robots are not ready to differentiate instruction with a wide variety of presentations of problems amongst folk of various ages and stages.
Oct 20, 2022 at 11:49 PM
A Grad Student Who Knows Nothing But is Surprised at How Many Voted We Can Be Automated (No chance) says
Our field is more than just a speech teacher. We work with the foundations of functional and cognitive communication with all ages. We have to know the brain, it's structures, and how they can affect speech, language, and communication. Patients in our care have the right to have a way to communicate with others whether they have severe language disorders or aphasia (aka. the lack of functional language). Nothing automated can replace the skill or the strategies we provide, nor anything that the rest of the medical/healthcare team can provide.
Nov 24, 2021 at 03:08 AM
no name says
I spent a significant time as a child around Speech Pathologists. Robots cannot compare in terms of high levels of emotional IQ, trying out things in new ways/on the spot thinking, and working with kids.
Oct 25, 2020 at 05:48 PM

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