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“Listen up”
Audiologists work with people who have hearing, balance, and related ear problems.
The Job
Hearing disorders can result from a variety of causes including trauma at birth, viral infections, genetic disorders, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, or aging. Treatment may include examining and cleaning the ear canal, fitting and dispensing hearing aids, and fitting and programming cochlear implants.
Work Environment
Audiologists usually work at a desk or table in clean, comfortable surroundings.
College Majors
doctoral degree
Minimum Qualifications
All States require audiologists to be licensed or registered. Licensure or registration requires at least a master's degree in audiology; however, a first professional, or doctoral, degree is becoming increasingly necessary.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They must be able to approach problems objectively and provide support to patients and their families.
Quick Facts
  • More than half worked in health care facilities; many others were employed by educational services.
  • A master's degree in audiology (hearing) is the standard level of education required; however, a doctoral degree is becoming more common for new entrants.
  • Few openings are expected because of the small size of the occupation.
  • Job prospects will be favorable for those possessing the doctoral (Au.D.) degree.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of audiologists were $62,030 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $50,470 and $78,380. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,360, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $98,880. Some employers may pay for continuing education courses.
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