Audiologists diagnose, manage, and treat a patient’s hearing, balance, or ear problems.
Most audiologists work in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, and audiology clinics. Some work in schools or for school districts and travel between facilities. Others work in health and personal care stores.
How to Become an Audiologist
Audiologists need a doctoral degree and must be licensed in all states. Requirements for licensure vary by state.
Employment of audiologists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hearing loss increases as people age, so the aging population is likely to increase demand for audiologists.
This occupation supported 13,000 jobs in 2012 and 13,200 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 1.5%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 33.1% in 2022 to 17,300 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 13,800, compared with an observed value of 13,200, 4.3% lower than expected. This indicates current employment trends are worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 28.5% in 2024 to 16,900 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 18,100 jobs for 2024, 7.1% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.