Audiologists and Speech Pathologists/Therapists provide diagnostic assessment, treatment, rehabilitative services and management of human hearing defects, and communication and swallowing impairments.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • administering and interpreting a wide range of audiometric tests to determine hearing efficiency and locate sites of detected hearing problems
  • interpreting audiometric test results alongside other medical, social and behavioural diagnostic data
  • evaluating total response pattern and acoustic tests to distinguish between organic and non-organic hearing loss
  • planning, directing and participating in counselling, speech reading and other rehabilitation programs
  • prescribing appropriate hearing aids and instructing patients in use
  • administering tests and observing patients to determine nature and extent of disorders
  • planning and conducting programs of remedial exercise to correct disorders such as stuttering and abnormal articulation
  • administering individual and group therapy for rehabilitation of patients with communication problems caused by defective hearing, cerebral palsy, surgery and injury
  • advising on treatment for children with difficulties in learning to speak
  • counselling and guiding language-handicapped individuals, their families, teachers and employers

Job Titles

  • Audiologist
  • Speech Pathologist or Therapist
  • Audiologist

    Provides diagnostic assessment and rehabilitative services related to human hearing defects. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Podiatric Surgeon

  • Speech Pathologist or Therapist

    Provides diagnostic assessment and management of disorders of communication and swallowing through direct intervention, education, consultancy, advocacy, or a combination of these approaches.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    9,600
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    10.4%
  • Female Share

    89.6%
  • Full-Time Share

    61.0%

Find Vacancies

This is a small occupation employing 9600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Audiologists and Speech Pathologists/Therapists work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 32.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 38 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 9 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

In 2016, employers in some locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Audiologists. Employers were looking for applicants with a masters degree in audiology. Some also required a Certificate of Clinical Practice. To find out more, view the Department of Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20053700
20064100
20076000
20083600
20094400
20106500
20117100
20126700
20139300
20146000
20159600
202013500

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryAudiologists and Speech Pathologists/TherapistsAll Jobs Average
Full-time61.068.4
Part-time39.031.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)32.940.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance75.3
Public Administration and Safety13.8
Education and Training9.3
Manufacturing1.2
Other Industries0.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAudiologists and Speech Pathologists/TherapistsAll Jobs Average
NSW28.431.8
VIC21.425.5
QLD17.219.8
SA10.16.8
WA20.411.2
TAS1.92.0
NT0.21.1
ACT0.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAudiologists and Speech Pathologists/TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-249.9-9.99.9
25-3429.0-23.423.4
35-4432.9-21.721.7
45-5419.5-21.121.1
55-594.4-8.78.7
60-642.0-5.95.9
65 and Over2.3-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryAudiologists and Speech Pathologists/TherapistsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males10.4Males53.6
Females89.6Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAudiologists and Speech Pathologists/TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate40.1-8.68.6
Bachelor degree59.9-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0.0-18.918.9
Year 120.0-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100.0-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Audiologists and Speech Pathologists/Therapists who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. English Language

    95% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. Psychology

    79% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    78% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Education and Training

    77% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  5. Therapy and Counseling

    74% Important

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

Occupational Information Network Speech-Language Pathologists Opens in a new window
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The information on this site is derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Developing Objectives and Strategies

    88% Important

    Deciding on goals and the figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  2. Getting Information

    86% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Documenting/Recording Information

    85% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  4. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    85% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Assisting and Caring for Others

    83% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

Occupational Information Network Speech-Language Pathologists Opens in a new window
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The information on this site is derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2

go to top