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.