The Gender Split in Speech Pathology versus other occupations – A Quick Note

I am one of three men in my year level (out of 90 or so) at La Trobe. I got out the 2011 Census to see which professions had worse splits. Unfortunately, Speech Pathologists and Audiologists are grouped together in the census, so I used HWA‘s estimate of 97.5% in 2011. The figure is likely to be even more skewed to the female side in 2015 if past trends continued.

More female dominated

  • Midwives: 99.6% female
  • Dental assistants: 98.2%
  • Early childhood teachers: 98.07%
  • Personal assistants: 97.94%
  • Secretaries: 97.73%
  • Speech Pathologists: 97.5%
  • Beauty Therapists: 97.46%

More male dominated

  • There were thirty!
  • Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers, Electrical Distribution Trades Workers, Carpenters and Joiners, Metal Fitters and Machinists, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics, Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers, Structural Steel Construction Workers, Plumbers, Bricklayers and Stonemasons, Concreters, Bricklayers, and Carpenters and Joiners, Sheetmetal Trades Workers, Motor Mechanics, Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers, Electricians, Glaziers, Roof Tilers, Panelbeaters, Plasterers, Automotive Electricians, Boat Builders and Shipwrights, Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters, Mobile Plant Operators, Paving and Surfacing Labourers, Earthmoving Plant Operators, Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers, Vehicle Painters, Cabinetmakers, Construction and Mining Labourers, Insulation and Home Improvement Installers, Floor Finishers, Wall and Floor Tilers, and Railway Track Workers.
  • There are proportionally more female truck drivers, engineers, and computer programmers than male speech pathologists.

Why should I care?

It all depends on whether you think the profession should resemble the community. Speech Pathologists are homogeneous in other ways as well, being disproportionately young, white, and non-indigenous.

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  1. Pingback: Men in Speech Pathology – the Speech persona | Plaudern wieder!

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