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178 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
133 Master's Degrees Annually
#68 in Popularity
$82,210 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Audiology/Audiologist Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many audiology/audiologist graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 707
Bachelor’s Degree 160
Master’s Degree 144
Graduate Certificate 13
Basic Certificate 3

What Audiology/Audiologist Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to audiology were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Audiology Majors

Audiology majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Audiology Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to audiology:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities for Audiology Majors

A major in audiology will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Audiology/Audiologist Major?

People with a audiology degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Audiologists 20.3% $75,920
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology/Audiologist?

160 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
93% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 93% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of audiology majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 121
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 10

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Audiology. About 4.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Audiology/Audiologist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $82,210 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to audiology. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with audiology may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to audiology have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 5.0%
Master’s Degree 24.5%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.0%
Doctoral Degree 56.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 9.7%

Online Audiology/Audiologist Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 73 schools offered some type of audiology/audiologist program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 11 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 20 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 49 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 3 0

Is a Degree in Audiology/Audiologist Worth It?

The median salary for a audiology grad is $82,210 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 106% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $846,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to audiology.

Major Number of Grads
Speech Pathology & Audiology 7,883
General Communication Sciences & Disorders 6,987
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 5,872
Other Communication Disorders Sciences & Services 222

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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