SOC: 29-1181.00


Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
13,200 employed

Projected (2024):
16,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Audiologist
  • Audiology Director
  • Audiology Doctor (AUD)
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology Licensed Audiologist (CCC-A Licensed Audiologist)
  • Clinical Audiologist
  • Clinical Director
  • Dispensing Audiologist
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Educational Audiologist
  • Hearing Therapist
  • Licensed Audiologist
  • Pediatric Audiologist
  • Speech and Hearing Clinic Director

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Examine and clean patients' ear canals.
  • Educate and supervise audiology students and health care personnel.
  • Develop and supervise hearing screening programs.
  • Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
  • Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  • Program and monitor cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
  • Participate in conferences or training to update or share knowledge of new hearing or balance disorder treatment methods or technologies.
  • Conduct or direct research on hearing or balance topics and report findings to help in the development of procedures, technology, or treatments.
  • Plan and conduct treatment programs for patients' hearing or balance problems, consulting with educators, physicians, nurses, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and other health care personnel as necessary.
  • Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
  • Engage in marketing activities, such as developing marketing plans, to promote business for private practices.
  • Recommend assistive devices according to patients' needs or nature of impairments.
  • Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
  • Advise educators or other medical staff on hearing or balance topics.
  • Provide information to the public on hearing or balance topics.
  • Instruct patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.
  • Work with multidisciplinary teams to assess and rehabilitate recipients of implanted hearing devices through auditory training and counseling.
  • Monitor patients' progress and provide ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
  • Measure noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing conservation programs in industry, military, schools, and communities.
  • Refer patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as managing office functions and finances.
  • Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audiometers
  • Audiometric test booths
  • Auditory brainstem response ABR screening systems
  • Automatic impedance audiometers
  • Biofeedback equipment
  • Caloric irrigators
  • Computerized rotary chairs
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagnostic tuning forks
  • Digital light bars
  • Ear probes
  • Electroacoustic impedance bridges
  • Electrocochleography ECOG equipment
  • Electroneurography equipment
  • Electronystagmographs ENG
  • Headband mounted angular velocity sensors
  • Hearing aid analyzers
  • Hearing aid repair drills
  • Hearing aid repair grinders
  • Hearing aid test boxes
  • Hearing aids
  • Impression syringes
  • Jeweler's screwdrivers
  • Laptop computers
  • Operating microscopes
  • Otoaucoustic emissions OAE screening systems
  • Otoscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Portable auditory screeners
  • Portable diagnostic middle ear analyzers
  • Posturography dynamic platforms
  • Potentiometers
  • Programmable hearing aids
  • Sensory organization performance test systems
  • Sound level meters
  • Speech mapping systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Two-channel audiometers
  • Tympanometers
  • Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential VEMP testing equipment
  • Video goggles
  • Video head impulse testing HIT equipment
  • Video nystagmography testing equipment
  • Video otoscopes
  • Abacus Data Solutions HearWare
  • Bio-logic Systems HINT Pro
  • Chart Links software
  • Computers Unlimited TIMS for Audiology
  • Ear measurement software
  • Ear Works
  • Etymotic Research QuickSIN
  • GN Otometrics CHARTR EP
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS software
  • HearForm Software HearForm
  • Hearing aid fitting software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Practice management software PMS
  • Real ear measurement REM software
  • Siemens Hearing Instruments Practice Navigator
  • Simply Hearing Software Simply Hearing OMS
  • Starkey Laboratories ProHear
  • Sycle software
  • Vestibular diagnostic software
  • Vestibular Technologies ScreenTRAK

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800