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Audiologist

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Job Prospects

Job Prospects... At a glance

Job prospects for audiologists are reasonably good. It is a small, but growing occupation, and getting a job should not be too hard for new graduates. However, there could be tough competition for roles in the bigger cities. Income and fees are both high.

How to become an audiologist

What they do

Audiologists diagnose and treat patients with hearing loss. This includes providing hearing aids or listening devices when patients need them.

Qualifications

A Master of Audiology (MAud) is needed to become an audiologist. This is a two year university degree. The entry requirement for this degree is a bachelor’s degree. Entry is competitive and successful applicants usually have high Grade Point Averages (GPAs). Most, but not all candidates have a bachelor’s degree in the health sciences.

Cost of study

Master of Audiology (MAud)
$17,000 over two years

Example costs in 2016 for a domestic student. Costs vary between institutions. First time students may be eligible for fees-free
tertiary education for their first year of study, which will reduce the total cost. For more information about fees-free eligibility, go to feesfree.govt.nz. Further costs include materials, textbooks, and accommodation. The Master of Audiology typically costs around $17,000 over two years. Because a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for entry, the total cost will be significantly higher than this.

The StudyLink website provides general budget advice for students who are studying through polytechnics, and the Sorted website provides help with detailed budget planning.

Rents vary from place to place. Estimated market rents by region, city and suburb are available on the MBIE Tenancy services website.

Tenancy Services: www.tenancy.govt.nz/rent-bond-and-bills
StudyLink: www.studylink.govt.nz
orted: www.sorted.org.nz/calculators/money-planner

Where to study

The Master of Audiology is only offered at the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury.
University of Auckland: www.auckland.ac.nz/en.html
University of Canterbury: www.canterbury.ac.nz

 Most audiologists in New Zealand are members of the New Zealand Audiological Society (NZAS). NZAS is a self-regulatory professional body and members are required to demonstrate professional competency to become full members and maintain their clinical competency through ongoing professional development.

NZAS: www.audiology.org.nz

Completed qualifications

The number of students completing a master's degree in audiology has risen to  around 25-30 in recent years. This means the supply of new audiology graduates has been stable.

Qualification completions chart

Source: Ministry of Education

Income and employment prospects

Income

In 2017, the annual income for audiologists is estimated to be around $76,100. Income depends on experience.

Estimated Average Income
$76,000

Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index

Employment and skill shortages

Audiologists’ employment

HistoricProjected Growth
2006 2013 2021 2026
213 315 371 417
  5.7% 2.8% 2.4%

Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
* Growth projections are based on the broader category “Health Therapy Professionals”.

The number of audiologists in employment is small, but numbers rose quickly between 2006 and 2013. The growth in employment is expected to continue out to 2026, albeit at a slower rate. This means it should not be too hard for new graduates to find employment.

 Employment chart

Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections

 

Audiologists not on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage list

Immigration NZ, skill shortage list: skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz

Where to find job vacancies

Audiologist vacancies may advertised through public media such as the Trade Me Jobs and Seek websites as well as the NZAS website.

Trade Me Jobs: www.trademe.co.nz/jobs
Seek: www.seek.co.nz
NZAS: www.audiology.org.nz/employment-opportunities

Career path

Audiologists usually work in hospitals or in audiology clinics. They can progress to management positions or establish their own practices.

Related occupations

The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level audiologists.

  • Audiometrist
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist

Other information

Links

More information on audiologists is available on the Careers New Zealand website and on the New Zealand Audiological Society (NZAS).

Careers New Zealand: www.careers.govt.nz
NZAS: www.audiology.org.nz

ANZSCO

The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.

The occupation of audiologists has been coded to the following ANZSCO code for the purpose of this report:

252711 – Audiologist