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Audiologist Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 13,200 Audiologists in the United States. The Audiologist job market is expected to grow by 28.6% between 2014 and 2024.

Audiologist Employability Rating

C Sokanu rates Audiologists with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 6,800 Audiologists. That number is based on 3,800 additional Audiologists, and the retirement of 3,100 existing Audiologists.

Demand for Audiologists

The small size and specialization of this occupation means that less than 5,000 positions will be created in the United States over the next decade. Still, as hearing loss and balance disorders are more common as people age, an aging baby-boomer population and longer life expectancies will gradually increase demand for audiologists. As technology leads to earlier diagnosis of infantile hearing disorders and greater numbers of trauma and stroke victims surviving their injuries, further openings in the field may occur. In addition, advances in hearing aid design may make the devices more appealing and lead to the need for more audiologists. Aspiring audiologists who choose to specialize in work-related hearing injuries and design products to prevent hearing damage may encounter enhanced job prospects. Demand is expected to increase for contracted audiologists providing services to convalescent centres and hospitals and for those working in schools, due to increasing enrolment, particularly of students with special needs.

New audiologists who wish to practice in the U.S. must have a Doctorate Degree in audiology and must be licensed. To increase their marketability, most entrants to the field also pursue credentials offered by the American Board of Audiology and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Over and above these professional requirements, audiologists who are patient, compassionate; and possess notable communication, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills will stand out among job applicants in this relatively small occupation. Future job opportunities for audiologists may be reduced because U.S. insurance companies are limiting reimbursements for audiology services, and some doctors are hiring ear technicians instead of referring their patients to audiologists.

Supply of Audiologists

The Audiologist industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.

Audiologist Job Market by State

State name Employed Audiologists
Texas 870
California 870
New York 790
Ohio 650
Pennsylvania 640
Florida 570
Massachusetts 450
Michigan 430
North Carolina 430
Washington 420
Illinois 410
New Jersey 390
Georgia 390
Virginia 370
Colorado 310
Indiana 310
Missouri 290
Arizona 280
Tennessee 230
Iowa 190
Oregon 180
Minnesota 180
Utah 180
Kansas 160
Maryland 160
Alabama 150
Wisconsin 140
New Mexico 130
Connecticut 120
Louisiana 120
Kentucky 110
West Virginia 110
Nebraska 100
Mississippi 100
South Carolina 70
District of Columbia 70
Maine 70
Montana 60
Idaho 40
North Dakota 30
Arkansas 30

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