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.

  • 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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 9,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 57.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 33.9 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 91.2% female Gender Share

The number of Audiologists and Speech Pathologists/Therapists grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 9,200 in 2017 to 12,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Audiologists and Speech Pathologists/Therapists work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 33.9 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 91.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20074800
20084600
20095800
20103300
20117800
20126200
20139400
20146500
20157600
201611200
20179200
202212100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Assistance88.0
Education and Training5.9
Public Administration and Safety4.3
Manufacturing1.8

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 2017, 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
NSW39.931.6
VIC24.326.2
QLD13.119.7
SA9.56.7
WA7.510.8
TAS2.92.0
NT0.81.1
ACT2.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-2410.1-9.99.9
25-3441.8-23.623.6
35-4424.6-21.721.7
45-5412.9-20.820.8
55-594.7-8.88.8
60-645.9-6.06.0
65 and Over0.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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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

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1127.00 - Speech-Language Pathologists.

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