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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 688
Bachelor’s Degree 178
Master’s Degree 133
Basic Certificate 9
Graduate Certificate 7

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

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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

A major in audiology prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Audiology/Audiologist Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with audiology:

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?

178 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
92% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 92% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Audiology Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 14
White 137
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Audiology appeals to people across the globe. About 1.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Audiology/Audiologist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Audiology majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $82,210 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for audiology careers below.

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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 2018-2019 academic year, 72 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) 2 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 3 1
Post-Baccalaureate 2 1
Master’s Degree 11 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 19 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 48 4
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 2 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 7,748
General Communication Sciences & Disorders 6,874
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 5,752
Other Communication Disorders Sciences & Services 217

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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