Audiologists provide diagnostic assessment and rehabilitative services related to human hearing defects.
Administers and interprets a wide range of audiometric tests to determine hearing efficiency and locate sites of hearing problems.
Interprets audiometric test results alongside other medical, social and behavioural diagnostic data.
Evaluates total response pattern and acoustic tests to distinguish between organic and non-organic hearing loss.
Plans, directs and participates in counselling, speech reading and other rehabilitation programmes.
Prescribes appropriate hearing aids and instructing patients in use.
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Audiologists and Speech Pathologists, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 65% of people employed as Audiologists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is similar to the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Audiologists work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Audiologists||All Jobs Average|
Around 70% of Audiologists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Melbourne - Inner East
- Melbourne - Inner South
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Melbourne - South East.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Audiologists is 37 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 76% of the workforce. This is 28 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Audiologists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.4||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A masters degree in audiology is needed to work as an Audiologist.
Registration with Audiology Australia is required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Audiologists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||87.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.0||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
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.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
57%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
54%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
52%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Looking for ways to help people.
Teaching people how to do something.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
43%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
75%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
66%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
61%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
60%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
59%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
55%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
50%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
36%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
36%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
31%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
29%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
29%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Tell the difference between sounds.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
46%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
82%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
70%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
69%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
69%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
67%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
65%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
62%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
62%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
61%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
59%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
58%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
58%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
55%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
55%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
53%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
48%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
47%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
47%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
44%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Talk on the telephone.
Use electronic mail.
95%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
95%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
93%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
92%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
89%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
88%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
86%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
81%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
74%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
74%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
73%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Work with people in a group or team.
72%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
63%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
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