An audiologist works with people who have hearing problems, balance issues or concerns of the ears.
Through the use of computers, audiometers, and other technology, audiologists examine, identify, and diagnose ear problems on the way to devising proper treatment plans.
Audiologists may work in private practice, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities; they generally work as part of a larger medical team, which could include physicians, physical therapists, and psychologists.
While the regulation of audiologists varies by state, all audiologists must hold a license. A master’s degree in audiology is the minimal requirement, although many states also require a doctorate degree — especially for those new to the practice.
More specifically, graduation from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), part of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is required for a license to practice in some states.
Beneficial coursework includes some of the following:
Graduate programs also include supervised clinical experience as well as externships.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for audiologists was $62,030 with the middle 50% earning between $50,470 and $78,380.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts much faster than average growth in audiologist employment. Those holding a doctorate degree will see the best prospects.
Most audiologists work in healthcare facilities (64%), while a much smaller number work in educational services (14%). Other areas of employment include state and local governments and health and personal care stores.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics