The number of Audiologists and Speech Pathologists/Therapists is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 9,500 in 2018 to 13,200 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).
- 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 opportunities 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.