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

    A masters degree in audiology or a bachelor degree in speech-language pathology is needed to work as an Audiologist or Speech Pathologist.

    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

    More about Audiologists and Speech Pathologists

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    All Audiologists and Speech Pathologists

    • $1,827 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 9,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 93% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Audiologists and Speech Pathologists (in their main job) 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 2018.
    • Location: Audiologists and Speech Pathologists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,827 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 93% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Speech Pathologists.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20084600
    20095800
    20103400
    20117900
    20126300
    20139500
    20146600
    20156900
    201610800
    20179600
    20189500
    202313200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsAudiologists and Speech PathologistsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings18271460

    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 Assistance78.8
    Education and Training13.8
    Public Administration and Safety5.3
    Other Services1.0
    Other Industries1.1

    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.
    StateAudiologists and Speech PathologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.631.6
    VIC27.225.6
    QLD20.520.0
    SA7.97.0
    WA10.710.8
    TAS2.12.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT1.41.9

    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 BracketAudiologists and Speech PathologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-249.6-9.39.3
    25-3440.3-22.922.9
    35-4426.2-22.022.0
    45-5414.9-21.621.6
    55-595.0-9.09.0
    60-642.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationAudiologists and Speech PathologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate39.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree58.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.1-21.121.1
    Year 120.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A masters degree in audiology or a bachelor degree in speech-language pathology is needed to work as an Audiologist or Speech Pathologist.

    You must also be registered with Audiology Australia or Speech Pathology Australia.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

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

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


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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. English Language

      81% Skill level

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

    2. Education and Training

      71% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Psychology

      68% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      66% Skill level

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

    5. Therapy and Counseling

      66% Skill level

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

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    The skills and 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.

    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.

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    Demands

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

    1. Contact With Others

      97% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Work With Work Group or Team

      93% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    4. Electronic Mail

      90% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      90% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and 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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