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What Does it Take to Be an Audiologist?

Position Description Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

List of Audiologist Job Duties

  • Refer patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.
  • Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
  • Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
  • Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  • Program and monitor cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
  • Conduct or direct research on hearing or balance topics and report findings to help in the development of procedures, technology, or treatments.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as an Audiologist?

When polled, Audiologists say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Other Audiologist Job Titles

  • Hearing Therapist
  • Clinical Audiologist
  • Pediatric Audiologist
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology Licensed Audiologist (CCC-A Licensed Audiologist)
  • Educational Audiologist

Are There Job Opportunities for Audiologists?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 14,800 jobs in the United States for Audiologist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 20.3% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,000 new jobs for Audiologist by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,000 yearly job openings in this field.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Audiologists in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Audiologist are Utah, Arizona, and Wyoming. Watch out if you plan on working in Rhode Island, Idaho, or Delaware. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Audiologist Salary

Audiologists make between $52,300 and $117,910 a year.

Salary Ranges for Audiologists

Audiologists who work in North Dakota, District of Columbia, or California, make the highest salaries.

How much do Audiologists make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $72,600
Alaska $55,980
Arizona $87,150
California $100,960
Colorado $82,790
Connecticut $80,190
Delaware $93,550
District of Columbia $101,760
Florida $68,730
Georgia $77,000
Idaho $78,830
Illinois $86,990
Indiana $72,280
Iowa $90,540
Kansas $67,580
Kentucky $66,900
Louisiana $67,400
Maryland $90,050
Massachusetts $79,700
Michigan $71,250
Minnesota $84,390
Mississippi $60,960
Missouri $71,610
Montana $72,290
Nebraska $68,090
New Jersey $87,160
New Mexico $76,290
New York $83,390
North Carolina $69,510
North Dakota $123,100
Ohio $73,290
Oklahoma $87,470
Oregon $93,790
Pennsylvania $76,210
South Carolina $88,500
Tennessee $71,780
Texas $77,680
Utah $71,480
Virginia $79,880
Washington $86,670
Wisconsin $82,880
Wyoming $74,810

Tools & Technologies Used by Audiologists

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Audiologists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
  • Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Practice management software PMS
  • Chart Links

How to Become an Audiologist

What education or degrees do I need to become an Audiologist?

Audiologist Degree Level

What work experience do I need to become an Audiologist?

Audiologist Work Experience

Where Audiologists Work

Audiologist Sectors

The table below shows the approximate number of Audiologists employed by various industries.

Audiologist Industries

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