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.