Audiologists are health care professionals who specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Audiologists work with people of all ages to address these types of disorders. Most people already know that audiologists test the hearing of children and adults and fit hearing aids when needed. But audiologists do a lot more than that! Audiologists also do these important jobs:
Nearly three-quarters of audiologists are employed in health care settings, including nonresidential health care facilities, in hospitals, and in residential health care facilities.
Audiologists working in health care facilities may do any of the following jobs:
More than one quarter of audiologists are employed full or part time in private practice. They may be owners, full-time employees, or contractors/consultants in a private practice.
Audiologists may be employed in educational settings, including infant and toddler programs, preschools, and elementary and secondary schools.
Audiologists working in early intervention may do any of the following jobs:
Audiologists working in K–12 schools may do any of the following jobs:
Audiologists have opportunities for teaching, research, and clinical supervisory positions at colleges and universities. They may work with clients in the university clinical facility or its affiliated health care facility.
Specifically, audiologists with research doctoral degrees may do any of the following jobs:
Audiologists with a clinical doctoral degree may work as clinical supervisors for graduate students in university clinics.
Audiologists have consistently been in demand, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook predicting much faster than average growth in the projected percent change in employment. Jobs for audiologists exist across the United States, with positions available in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
According to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for audiologists consistently tops the median annual wage for all workers. In May 2019, the median annual wage for audiologists was $77,600—almost twice as much as the median annual wage for all workers.
According to ASHA Member surveys, the salaries of audiologists vary depending on education, experience, work setting, and geographical location, with average salaries ranging from $72,000 for beginning audiologists to $112,700 for audiologists with a PhD. For more information about salaries from ASHA Member surveys, visit Salary and Wage Data.
A clinical doctoral degree (AuD) is required to work independently as an audiologist.
Applicants to AuD programs must have an undergraduate degree. An undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) is generally not required for admission to AuD programs, but applicants may be required to take prerequisite coursework as part of their graduate program. Students can use EdFind, ASHA’s online search tool, to identify clinical doctoral programs in audiology and their requirements.
An audiology assistant is a person who, after appropriate training and demonstration of competency, performs delegated tasks that are prescribed, directed, and supervised by a certified and/or licensed audiologist. Audiology assistants my provide the following types of services (if permitted by state law and when the assistant has demonstrated competence):
Read more about this exciting career option through ASHA’s Practice Portal page on audiology assistants.
Each state has different requirements regarding the regulation of audiology assistants. Assistants may be required to be licensed, certified, or registered in order to work in various states. For information about regulations in your specific state, see the ASHA State-by-State information and select the "Support Personnel" subheading after choosing the individual state.
ASHA established the Assistants Certification Program and examination for audiology assistants in 2020. This is a voluntary credential that establishes nationwide standards for assistants that will show employers that these standards have been met. To learn more about the Audiology Assistants Certification Program, visit the Assistants Certification site.