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.
Their tasks may include:
· assessing and diagnosing the extent of client hearing loss using a wide range of techniques, including audiometric tests
· reporting results of assessments and tests in writing and making referrals to medical practitioners
· recommending solutions to those with hearing impairment including amplification, implantable devices, medical interventions and assistive listening devices and providing aural rehabilitation programs
· providing counselling, advice and information to clients and families as a part of overall treatment
· assisting with the development and management of noise control and hearing conservation strategies.
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)|
|$17,000 over two years|
Example costs in 2018 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.
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.
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
In 2019, the annual income for audiologists is estimated to be around $78,500. 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 between 2006 and 2013. The growth in employment is projected to continue out to 2028, but 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
Audiologists are not on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage list
Immigration NZ, skill shortage list: skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz
Audiologist vacancies have increased in the last few years.
Job vacancies chart
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
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 and on the New Zealand Audiological Society (NZAS).
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