Audiologists provide diagnostic assessment and rehabilitative services related to human hearing defects.

    A masters degree in audiology is needed to work as an Audiologist.

    Tasks

    • Administers and interprets a wide range of audiometric tests to determine hearing efficiency and locate sites of hearing problems.
    • Interprets audiometric test results alongside other medical, social and behavioural diagnostic data.
    • Evaluates total response pattern and acoustic tests to distinguish between organic and non-organic hearing loss.
    • Plans, directs and participates in counselling, speech reading and other rehabilitation programmes.
    • Prescribes appropriate hearing aids and instructing patients in use.

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    All Audiologists and Speech Pathologists

    • $1,827 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Audiologists

    • 1,900 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 65% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 76% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Audiologists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,500 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Audiologists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (65%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 76% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance91.4
    Public Administration and Safety2.3
    Education and Training2.3
    Manufacturing2.0
    Other Industries2.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAudiologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.831.6
    VIC29.325.6
    QLD21.120.0
    SA7.17.0
    WA9.810.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT1.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAudiologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-244.6-9.39.3
    25-3437.6-22.922.9
    35-4429.0-22.022.0
    45-5416.4-21.621.6
    55-595.7-9.09.0
    60-644.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationAudiologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate87.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree9.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.3-21.121.1
    Year 120.9-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A masters degree in audiology is needed to work as an Audiologist.

    You must also be registered with Audiology Australia.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate
    • be up to date with immunisations

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      75% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Psychology

      68% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    3. English language

      67% Skill level

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

    4. Therapy and counselling

      66% Skill level

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

    5. Clerical

      62% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      99% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Telephone

      97% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Electronic mail

      96% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    4. Freedom to make decisions

      95% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    5. Indoors, heat controlled

      95% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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