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.
Audiologists diagnose and treat patients with hearing loss. This includes providing hearing aids or listening devices when patients need them.
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.
|Master of Audiology (MAud)|
|$16,500 over two years|
Example costs in 2016 for a domestic student. Costs vary between institutions. Some polytechnics may have a zero-fees scheme. Further costs include materials, textbooks, and accommodation. The Master of Audiology typically costs around $16,500 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.
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
The number of students completing a bachelor’s degree in the broader category ‘Rehabilitation therapies’ has been between 80 and 110 in recent years. Of these, around 35-40 have been in audiology. This means the supply of new audiology graduates has been stable.
Qualification completions chart
Source: Ministry of Education
In 2016, the annual income for audiologists is estimated to be around $73,500. Income depends on experience.
|Estimated Average Income|
Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index
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 2025, albeit at a slower rate. This means it should not be too hard for new graduates to find employment.
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections
|Overseas||In further study||Receiving a benefit||In employment||Median Salary|
Source: Ministry of Education. “S” means data is supressed because of low numbers.
*Two years after completion of Masters - Rehabilitation Therapies. ‘Overseas’ refers to the percentage of ALL graduates completing this qualification. Other indicators refer only to graduates living in New Zealand.
Two years after graduation, most people with a master’s degree in rehabilitation therapies are in employment. Some are overseas, and a low proportion is in further study. Almost no one is receiving a benefit.
Audiologists not on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage list
Immigration NZ, skill shortage list: skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz
Audiologist vacancies are advertised through public media such as the Trade Me Jobs and Seek websites.
Audiologists usually work in hospitals or in audiology clinics. They can progress to management positions or establish their own practices.
The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level audiologists.
More information on audiologists is available on the Careers New Zealand website.
Careers New Zealand: www.careers.govt.nz
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