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Summary of occupation

Audiologists identify, assess and provide the non-medical management and rehabilitation for hearing and balance problems, and other communication-related disorders among people of all ages.

Audiologists carry out a number of tasks including audiometric testing, prescribing hearing aids and providing rehabilitation plans for patients. Audiologists may also work with industry to develop noise control and hearing conservation practices.

ANZSCO description: Provides diagnostic assessment and rehabilitative services related to human hearing defects (registration or licensing is required).
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Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

An audiologist needs:

  • to be able to manage the non-medical and rehabilitation of hearing loss and associated communication disorders
  • knowledge of noise control and hearing conservation in industry
  • to liaise with other health professionals such as otologists (ear specialists), speech pathologists, teachers, psychologists and doctors
  • to inspire confidence and cooperation
  • a sympathetic and tactful approach.
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Working conditions

Audiologists are employed in both public and private settings. They often work with other medical practitioners who specialise in ear, nose and throat disorders.

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Salary details

On average, speech professionals and audiologists can expect to earn between $1 250 and $1 499 per week ($65 000 and $77 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an audiologist develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Audiologists need to be familiar with a variety of technological equipment including audiometers, screening units, aural probes, hearing-aid analysers and ophthalmoscopes.

Audiology testing environments need to be appropriately structured and free of electrical interference.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an audiologist, you usually need to complete a degree in biomedical science, human biology, speech pathology, physiology, linguistics or a related field, followed by a postgraduate qualification in audiology.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant undergraduate courses. The University of Western Australia offers the two year Master of Clinical Audiology. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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