Audiologist

Quick Facts: Audiologists
2012 Median Pay $69,720 per year
$33.52 per hour
Entry-Level Education Doctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 13,000
Job Outlook, 2012-22 34% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 4,300

What Audiologists Do

Audiologists diagnose and treat a patient’s hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures.

Work Environment

Most audiologists work in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, and audiology clinics. Some work in schools or for school districts and travel between facilities.

How to Become an Audiologist

Audiologists need a doctoral degree and must be licensed in all states; requirements vary by state.

Pay

The median annual wage for audiologists was $69,720 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of audiologists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hearing loss increases as people age, so the aging population is likely to increase demand for audiologists.