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Audiologists

Audiologists
Quick Facts : Audiologists*
2010 Median Pay$66,660
Entry Level EducationDoctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201213,000
Job Outlook37% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change4,800


Audiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing and balance problems among patients. They use advanced and complex technologies to perform various procedures such as audiometers, computers, and other devices to test patient's hearing ability and balance, determine the extent of hearing damage, and identify the underlying cause.

What Audiologists Do

  • Examine patients who have hearing, balance, or related ear problems
  • Assess the results of the examination and diagnose problems
  • Counsel patients and their families on ways to listen and communicate, such as by lip reading or through sign language
  • See patients regularly to check on hearing and balance and to continue or change the treatment plan
  • Conduct research related to the causes and treatment of hearing and balance disorders

Work Environment

Most audiologists work in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, physicians' offices, and audiology clinics. Some work in schools. Most audiologists work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of audiologists is expected to grow by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020 Demand may be greater in areas with large numbers of retirees, so audiologists who are willing to relocate may have the best job prospects.
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Pay

The average salary in May 2010 of audiologists was $66,660.
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Audiologists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Audiologists

66660

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Audiologists*
Percent Change in Employment

Audiologists

36.9231

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Audiologists

Audiologists must be licensed in all states; requirements vary by state. New audiologists must earn a doctoral degree to enter the practice. All audiologists must be licensed; requirements vary by state.
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